Drawing of a man from the 1950's wearing a mask of an extinct Japanese Sea Lion by Jenny Kendler
The Japanese Sea Lion
From the Extinction Portraits series
Graphite on paper in painted frame
11 x 9 in., framed

Zalophus japonicus
Extinct 1970s

The Japanese Sea Lion is documented to have been driven to extinction by the Japanese commercial fishing industry. The South Korean Ministry of the Environment is currently conducting a search for surviving members of the subspecies, with plans to breed and reintroduce the Sea Lions...if they can be found.