Sea Lions have a chocolate brown coat with a few lighter
spots. Males have a highly noticeable main while females
do not have a main at all. Adult males are 200-250 cm long
and weigh 200-400 kg. Adult females are 150-200 cm long
and weigh 50-110 kg.
feed on a wide variety of seafood including fish, shellfish
and squid. They are excellent predators with a streamlined
body and highly sensitive whiskers to detect food.
also have a wide range of vocal sounds. These are cautious
animals, they will jump in the water at anything strange
or if they sense danger. California Sea Lions walk slow,
but they swim very fast and agile. Males become territorial
between May and June, guarding harems of about 15 females
each. The females usually breed around May to June and have
a 12 month gestation period. The pup is usually born from
June to August in land or water.
California Sea Lions are commonly found in zoos and there
are the "seals" usually seen in circus or animals acts.
They can be easily trained to balance balls by rewarding
it with fish, they also like to eat molluscs. Once a trick
is learned, it can remember the even months after not doing
it. They can perform for 8-12 years.
habitat is in coastal waters and rocky coastlines. Being
an essentially coastal animal, there are found no more than
16 km out to sea. They can be found on the Northern Pacific
coastal regions of Canada (British Columbia), Mexico (Baja
California, and throughout the Gulf of California), USA
(Washington, Oregon, California).