You don’t expect to see a sea lion in Port Phillip Bay these days, let alone crossing Beach Road in Brighton. But this curious critter turned up in a Brighton back yard in mid September!
Reports from early European explorers and bones found in aboriginal middens indicate sea lions once lived in Bass Strait. But their range was probably reduced in the 1800s by the sealing industry. Nowadays their breeding range is believed to be west of Kangaroo Island South Oz; and they are believed to remain close to their birthplace. So the story here is quite a mystery.
Sea lions are closely related to Australian fur seals in that they have ears and larger forelimbs than other seal species; and their hind limbs are capable of a shuffling walk on land.