"A merry-eared seal" (A. Chetvergov)
Steller sea lion
The Steller sea lion is the major representative of eared seals and is listed in the International Red Data Book. The sea lion is the symbol of the Commander Islands Reserve. Their number exceeds 1,000 animals.
This species population is relatively safe on the Commander Islands, but requires monitoring and conservation activities in view of current trends for the species' populations overall: the number of the eared seal population in the eastern part of the Northern Pacific is declining, but the reasons are not yet clear.