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New Zealand Sea Lion

New Zealand Sea Lion

Meet the playful marine mammals of New Zealand

What you need to know about the New Zealand Sea Lion

The New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri), one of the world's rarest and most endangered sea lion species, is native to the subantarctic islands and the southern coast of New Zealand. These robust and playful marine mammals are known for their distinctive pale to dark grey coats and their curious, social behavior. They can often be seen lounging on sandy beaches, interacting with each other, and hunting in the inshore waters for fish, squid, and octopus. Despite their adaptability, New Zealand sea lions face numerous threats, including bycatch in fisheries, disease, and habitat disturbances. Conservation efforts are vital to ensure the survival of this unique and charismatic species, which plays a crucial role in the marine ecosystem of the region.

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New Zealand Sea Lion

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