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The Australian Sea Lion


General information on the australian sea lion

The Australian Sea Lions are the only sea lions found in Australia. They can weigh up to 300kg and gather in groups of mostly of 10-15. They prefer to swim in deep cold waters along the Western and Southern coastlines.

 They were almost hunted to extinction by seal hunters, young sea lions also are caught in lobster traps and drown as a result and they may become entangled in monofilament gillnets used for shark fishing.

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Causes for endangerment

They are now classified as threatened by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) of the Australian Commonwealth; there is an estimate of only 11,000 left all together. They are now extinct in Australia's South-Eastern coast.

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