Our first Sea Lion of the Month for June is >42. This individual is relatively new on the scene but many of you have started seeing him a lot! He is the first to be featured from Hasgox Point (Ulak Island). He was born in 2013 and marked on July 2, 2013. When he was marked he weighed 80 pounds (36.2 kg) and was over 3.5 feet (109 cm) long. Another healthy pup!
The remote cameras at Hasgox Point were not functioning properly from summer of 2013 to fall of 2014, so we don’t have any sightings of him during this time. It’s safe to assume he stuck around his birthplace at Hasgox Point. We began seeing him again in images throughout the fall of 2014 and through winter of 2015. Between March and June we’re not sure where he went but he eventually showed up on Cape Wrangell (Attu Island), about 400 miles (645 km) away! You all have been reporting him settled down at Cape Wrangell over the summer and fall of 2015. Keep an eye out! We may see him head back to Ulak Island in the future.
We will share the stories of two marked sea lions each month. Be sure to check-in on the 1st and 15th of every month to learn about our featured Steller sear lion. You may nominate a sea lion by submitting their full mark on the Sea Lion of the Month forum. Thank you all for your nominations!