Northern fur seals breed at San Miguel Island off our coast, with some establishing a colony on South Farallon Island. Pups are born in July. Pups typically remain at sea, some for as long as two years, before they return to their birthplace. They'd usually be nursed until November. These seal pups will be at the center for months until they are mature enough to be released and manage on their own.
A Steller sea lion pup is also at the center for rehabilitation and return to the wild. He was rescued in Washington state but sent to the center for their expert care. Steller sea lions are the largest eared seals. In the California area, they have been delisted due to recovery.
|Jamie King, Alaska Dept of Fish & Game photo|
Males can be up to 2,500 pounds. Like elephant seals, males are much bigger than females which weigh around 770 pounds.
Leo, the pup sent to the Marine Mammal Centet, will also stay there for months until he is large enough and mature enough to live on his own.