REEF fish, Australian sea lion
and New Zealand fur seal hotspot, the Pearson Island Group;
This little chap is an Australian Sea Lion
, one of six different species.
In a move welcomed by conservation groups, the state government bought 10 parcels of land on the peninsula to help protect rare and endangered wildlife, including the white-bellied sea eagle, osprey and Australian sea lion
On offshore islands breeds the Australian sea lion, the one marine mammal that is only found in Australia.
The Tasmania spotted handfish, giant cuttlefish and Australian sea lion live in Australia's southern oceans--85 per cent of the fish species and up to 95 per cent of other marine groups live nowhere else and earn the region its name of 'unique south'.
The Australian sea lion is an endemic species that we need to take care of.
During the past few decades, marine biologists have managed to pull fur seals back from the brink of extinction, but now have to balance the success of this operation with its possible impact on the equally rare Australian sea lions.
A lack of knowledge about the habits and habitat of the Australian sea lion
(Neophoca cinerea)is hampering efforts to conserve the species, according to a leading CSIRO scientist.
Twenty kilometres north-west of the cape, a similar scene animates the sands of Seal Bay, where a relative of the fur seal, the Australian sea lion
(Neophoca cinerea), has begun to breed.
These regions contain some of the world's most diverse and unique sea life, including the habitat of thousands of fish and other marine species found nowhere else, and will safeguard the feeding and breeding habitat of threatened species, such as blue whales and Australian sea lions
Turning east the Leeuwin Current passes through the Recherche Archipelago, an important breeding area for shearwaters, terns, Australian sea lions
and New Zealand fur seals.
The offshore waters are feeding grounds for numerous sea birds, and many marine mammals -- including humpback, minky, fin, blue and killer whales, bottle nose dolphins, dugongs and Australian sea lions
-- visit the area.