Australian sea lion

The only native and restricted pinniped in Australia

Brian M Hunt

Australian sea lion coat color reflects its age and gender. Males are dark brown with yellow mane, and females are fawn or silver with a cream underside. The pups are dark brown but have dark masks on their face and a pale crown. The male size can reach up to 3 times the size of the females.

They feed on fishes, octopuses, crustaceans, and squids and can dive up to 180m (600 ft) and stay up to 40 minutes to search for food. Currently, they are listed as Endangered as they are frequently entangled in fishing nets that might danger their lives.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Pacific ocean
2014
Indian ocean
2014
Australia
0
Official estimate
EX
2014
Extinct locally: Tasmania
Australia
2014
South Australia, Western Australia

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No