Otaria – South American sea lion

Unfortunately, they are commonly killed for their habits of damaging fishing nets and stealing fish from fishing and farming operations

The South American sea lion is also known as the Patagonian sea lion. Males have dark brown pelage while females have a yellowish coat. Adult males also have a full mane in a lighter shade than the coat and a more muscular neck than females. Newborns are greyish-orange on the upper side and black on the underside. Their coat starts to turn brown after a month they are born.

They generally hunt in shallower water, less than 8 km (5 miles) out from the shore, and they hunt in groups. They hunt their prey, such as fish that travel in schools and feed on crustaceans, cephalopods, and other invertebrates.
These sea lions are considered the most threatened sea lion in the world, and their population is mainly driven by the breeding population in the Auckland Islands. They suffer from threats such as commercial fishery bycatch, food limitation, disease, subsistence hunting, and commercial sealing.