Male Steller Sea Lions
Male Steller Sea Lions

Today we found Transient Killer Whales. They led us out to Race Rocks where there is a large congregation of seals and sea lions.  Among the Harbour Seals, Elephant Seals and California Sea Lions we found this pair of male Steller’s Sea Lions.  Mock fights are very common among male sea lions as they are preparation for when the males battle in earnest to establish ownership of a patch of beach and therefore gain access to females.  Only the most powerful males (called Beach Masters) will pass on their genes.