California sea lion

The most intelligent of all sea lion species; trained for use by the United States Navy

California sea lions have often been seen in shows in zoos and aquariums doing acrobatic tricks and are best known for their intelligence, playfulness, and noisy barking. Males have a chocolate brown coat and a protruding sagittal crest, while females have a golden-brown coat. They also have external ears and long, narrow forelimb flippers for swimming or moving on the land.

They generally stay submerged in the water for about 2 minutes for each dive, but they can stay as long as 10 minutes. These sea lions can dive down to 200 m (656 ft) though the average depths are between 26 (85 ft) to 98 m (320 ft).

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Pacific ocean
238,000–241,000
Official estimate
LC
2014
Pacific Temperate stock
Pacific ocean
75,000–85,000
Official estimate
LC
2014
Western Baja California
Gulf of California
32,037
Official estimate
LC
2014
20% decline by 2008
Canada
2014
Non-Breeding
Costa Rica
2014
Non-Breeding
El Salvador
2014
Non-Breeding
Guatemala
2014
Non-Breeding
Honduras
2014
Non-Breeding
Mexico
2014
United States
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No