A Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) feeding on a salmon during the autumn salmon run.
This species is the largest of the eared seals (Otariidae); among pinnipeds, only walruses and elephant seals are larger. The Stellar sea lion is named for the naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, who first described them in 1741.
Stellar sea lions have attracted considerable attention in recent decades due to significant, unexplained declines in their numbers over a large portion of their range in Alaska. Thy are currently listed as a 'Near Threatened' species 'by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Viewed in Icy Strait near the Inian Islands, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.