Fun Sea Lion Facts for Kids

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  • Sea Lions are in the Otariidae Family meaning eared seals.
  • There are 7 species of sea lions.
Steller Sea Lion: The largest of the sea lion.  Lives in the Northern Pacific mostly around Alaska.
Australian Sean Lion: Lives in the South and West parts of Australia.
South American Sea Lion: Lives mostly near Peru and some live long the South American Coast.
New Zealand Sea Lion: Also known as the Hooker’s Sea Lion.  Lives in South Island and Auckland in New Zealand.
Galapagos Sea Lion: Lives in the Galapagos Island and Isla De La Plata.
Japanese Sea Lion: Extinct
California Sea Lion: Most popular lives mostly in San Francisco California.  This is the sea lion you see that does tricks at theme parks, aquariums and zoos.
  • Sea Lions are marine mammals.
  • All Sea Lions are an endangered species.
  • A male sea lion is called a bull.
  • A female is called a cow.
  • A baby is called a pup.
  • A male sea lion can weigh up to 800 pounds and be 9 feet long.
  • A female sea lion can weigh up to 400 pounds and be 6 feet long.
  • A baby sea lion is around 15 pounds when they are born.
  • Sea Lions can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes.
  • Sea Lions can swim up to 22 miles per hour.
  • They can dive up to 1,000 feet!
  • Sea Lions eat a variety of fish.
  • Male sea lions can eat 30-45 pounds of food everyday.
  • Female sea lions can eat 15-25 pounds of food everyday.
  • Sea Lions have external ear flaps, long fore-flippers and short thick hair.
  • They can walk on all four flippers.
  • The life span for a sea lion is 25-35 years in captivity and 10-15 years in the wild.
  • A mother sea lion is pregnant for 12 months. They give birth on land.
  • Baby sea lions (pups) do not know how to swim when they are born.  They learn to swim on their own when they are a couple of weeks old.
  • Sea Lions sleep on land.
  • They can see well above and under water.
  • Sea Lions cannot smell under water.
  • The sea lion has two main predators the Shark and Killer Whale.