Steller sealions migrate along the coast of British Columbia in the summer, going north in the spring and returning in the fall. Several dozen large males have started to stay with in our viewing area all summer due to the abundance of food. Singapore’s Luwen and Liwen took this photo of a branded Sealion in late September. It was on a small island in Johnstone Strait near Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island.
The western (Pacific Ocean) stock of Steller sealions is listed as endangered. In 2000 researchers begin branding and marking Steller sea lion pups throughout their range as a means to help estimate future population. The number 322R means this Sealion was branded on the Southern coast of Oregon at Rogue Reef in 2003 with 190 other Steller sealions.