Sea lion. Photo: Chandra Salgado Kent

The southwest region is also home to several communities of resident bottlenose dolphins that use the habitats as their core home grounds.

While little is known of larger toothed whales in the region, it is clear that they occur in the region from the mass strandings of pilot whales, false killer whales, and other related species. Long-nosed fur seals use various islands and coastal rocky outcrops throughout the year for recovery after foraging offshore, and occasionally to pup. Endangered sea lions have been recorded in the area, presumably foraging and hauling-out to rest. Endangered sea lions are showing no signs of recovery, and many colonies appear to be in decline.

Sea lion. Photo: Chandra Salgado Kent

References:

  • Goldsworthy, S. D 2015. Neophoca cinerera. The IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, Version 2015.2. Available at:www.iucnredlist.org
  • Groomm C. Jand Coughran, D. K.2012. Three decades of cetacean strandings in Western Australia:1981 to 2010. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. 95:63-77
  • Salgado Kent, pers. comm. 2015
  • Wiese, pers. comm. 2015