Sea lions are large and often confused with seals because of their appearance. They have front and hind flippers. The front flippers help them walk on land, so that they are actually faster than seals. The bones in their front flippers are like the bones in your fingers. The sea lions are built for speed, so that they can get away from predators.
Sea lions love to lay in the sun and relax all day. They stink so bad that they should really take a bath! Ruff ruff all day long, they love to bark. They are actually one of the noisiest mammals on earth. They can weigh up to 2,200 lbs and be as tall as 11 ft.
They live on rocky shores on the Pacific ocean. They can stay under the water for about 40 min, and they can go 85ft to 243 ft below the surface. They have very sharp teeth for ripping their prey apart. Sea lions eat fish, squid, and octopus, and they eat 40 lbs of them every day.
Great white sharks and killer whales eat sea lions. When the predator comes up to eat them they dive as far under and out, in order to escape.
Their breeding place is called a rookery. The males fight for the females, so it is a fight for the ladies. A male is called a bull and a female is called a cow. There are 40 cows in a harem. A harem is a group of sea lions. The females can be pregnant for 1 year, and they only have 1 pup at a time. They live 20-25 years.
The US navy has trained sea lions to find underwater mines which are explosives. They are believed to be as smart as monkeys or cats. They like to balance things on their noses. They go 15-20 mph, and they are not endangered. They also have a very long term memory.
Now all of your questions are answered, well all except one their stench smells like old fish barf.
- Swimming with Sea Lions, by Miriam Coleman
- Smart Animals: Sea Lions, by Margaret Fetty
- Seals and Sea Lions: Zoobooks, by John Bonnett Wexo
- Natures Children: Sea Lions, by Mark Shawver