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Watch as a team from The Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre save a female Steller sea lion entangled in plastic rope off Vancouver Island. The Steller sea lion is a species of special concern in Canada, and certain populations are endangered in parts of Alaska. Throughout the years, human activities have been one of the greatest threats to Steller sea lions. In addition to pollution, oil spills and environmental contaminants, these large sea mammals are prone to becoming tangled in debris and may be injured or killed by the waste entering their habitats. Together, these threats can all add up to a population in decline.