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.
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 every day.
- Female sea lions can eat 15-25 pounds of food every day.
- 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 underwater.
- Sea Lions cannot smell underwater.
- The sea lion has two main predators the Shark and Killer Whale.