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Australian Sea Lions are the rarest sea lions in the world. They like to rest on sandy beaches on the sheltered sides of islands. They use their front flippers as prop-ups while they use their back flippers to move themselves forward. They are powerful swimmers and head out to sea for up to two days to catch their food.
There are no breeding colonies on Rottnest; the sea lions which are seen around the Island are young males. The Australian Sea Lions are unique to Australia and are found from the Abrolhos Islands in WA round to just east of Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Threats include; human disturbance (divers, boat traffic), entanglement in fishing nets and debris, climate change affecting their breeding and feeding sites and food supply, and pollution especially oil spills.