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The Lion's Bite

The Lion's Bite

Courting New Zealand Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri) also known as Hooker's sea lions. The female (L) resists the advances of the male (R) on Sandfly beach, Otago. With only around 10,000 of these mammals remaining, they are currently endangered and are expected to be extinct in around 50 years at the current annual decline of 4%.

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