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The ocean is an amazing place with hundreds of different types of animal species. Take a look at some of the popular marine life.

Sea Lions

Sea Lions are aquatic mammals.

Sea Lion is the common name for various eared seals.

Sea Lion Classification:

Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Super Family: Pinnipedia
Family: Otariidae

Other Names: Eared Seal

Sea Lion Sub-species include:

Steller Sea Lion or Northern Sea Lion - Eumetopias jubatus
Australian Sea Lion - Neophoca cinerea
South American Sea Lion or Southern Sea Lion - Otaria flavescens
New Zealand Sea Lion - Phocarctos hookeri
California Sea Lion - Zalophus californianus
Galapagos Sea Lion - Zalophus wollebaeki
*Japanese Sea Lion - Zalophus japonicus

*The Japanese sea lion is now extinct.

Size: Male sea lions are much bigger than the females of the same species. The Steller sea lion (aka Northern Sea Lion) is the largest sea lion. Adult female Stellar sea lions weighs 530770 lbs and measure 7.59.5 feet in length. The male Stellar sea lion weighs 9902,500 lb and measures 9.310.7 feet in length. The Australian sea lion is the smallest species of sea lion. The female Australian sea lion weighs 134 to 229 lbs, and is 4.2 - 5.9 feet in length. While the male Australian sea lion weighs 550 to 660 and measures 6.5 - 8.2 feet in length.

Habitat: Sea lions are found in all of the worlds oceans except for the Atlantic Ocean. Sea lions prefer shallow waters and areas that are rich with food. Sea lions are often found on sandy and rocky shores of coastal islands.

Sea Lions in Other Languages:

Bosnian:
Foka
Czech: Lachtan
Dutch: Zeeleeuw
Finnish: Merileijona
French: Otarie
German: Seelwe
Lithunanian: Juru Liutas
Malay: Singa Laut
Navajo: Tbaastntsoh
Norweigan: Sjlve
Portuguese: Leo-marinho
Spanish: Len Marino

Diet: Sea lions are carnivores and feed on fish, crabs, and squid. At times sea lions will eat sea weed and aquatic plants at times.

Description: The sea lion is a very intelligent mammal and receptive to training.

Communication: Sea lions are very social animals. They have a variety of methods of communicating. Sea lions make all sorts of barks, honks, trumpets, and roars.

Did You Know?


The sea lion was worshipped by the Moche people of Peru.

Gestation: Sea lions carry their young for 8-15 months depending on the species.

Sexual Maturity: Like earless seals, male sea lions will form harems, and mate with multiple females. Females are attracted to the largest of the male species.

Did You Know?


Sea lions have also been reported to assist an save humans who show signs of distress in the open waters.

Life Span: Sea lions have an average life span of 2030 years. Sea lions have two natural predators, Killer Whales and Sharks.

Social Structure: Sea lions gather together to feed and bask in the sun, they are often found in harbors or shallow waters. Sea lions are found in large colonies.

Athleticism: Sea lions can dive up to 600 feet in the ocean. They are also agile and able to maneuver on land much easier than earless seals.

Conservation Status

Steller Sea Lion - Endangered
Australian Sea Lion - Endangered
South American Sea Lion - Least Concern
New Zealand Sea Lion - Vulnerable
California Sea Lion - Least Concern
Japanese Sea Lion - Extinct
Galapagos Sea Lion - Endangered



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