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I met my first Australian sea lion 57 years ago. Today I fear for this delightful animal | Valerie Taylor

<p>I’ve seen sea lion populations decimated. I want people to understand how wonderful an unafraid wild creature can be<br></p><p>Eared sea lions, or, as most Australians call them, seals, must be about the sweetest, and most loveable of all sea creatures.</p><p>Man is their great enemy. Another is that incredible predator the great white shark, or white pointer, but whereas the white shark normally attacks only sick, old, or very slow sea lions, man in his usual fashion is generally not so discriminating.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/04/population-of-australias-only-unique-seal-has-fallen-by-60-study-finds">Population of Australia’s only unique seal has fallen by 60%, study finds</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/08/i-met-my-first-australian-sea-lion-57-years-ago-today-i-fear-for-this-delightful-animal">Continue reading...</a>

I’ve seen sea lion populations decimated. I want people to understand how wonderful an unafraid wild creature can be

Eared sea lions, or, as most Australians call them, seals, must be about the sweetest, and most loveable of all sea creatures.

Man is their great enemy. Another is that incredible predator the great white shark, or white pointer, but whereas the white shark normally attacks only sick, old, or very slow sea lions, man in his usual fashion is generally not so discriminating.

Related: Population of Australia’s only unique seal has fallen by 60%, study finds

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