South American sea lion

Unfortunately, they are commonly killed for their habits of damaging fishing nets and stealing fish from fishing and farming operations

Vince Smith

The South American sea lion is also known as the Patagonian sea lion. Males have dark brown pelage while females have a yellowish coat. Adult males also have a full mane in a lighter shade than the coat and a more muscular neck than females. Newborns are greyish-orange on the upper side and black on the underside. Their coat starts to turn brown after a month they are born.

They generally hunt in shallower water, less than 8 km (5 miles) out from the shore, and they hunt in groups. They hunt their prey, such as fish that travel in schools and feed on crustaceans, cephalopods, and other invertebrates.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Pacific ocean
2015
Atlantic Ocean
2015
Argentina
120,700
Official estimate
LC
2015
Brazil
2015
Chile
197,000
Official estimate
LC
2015
Colombia
2015
Seasonality Uncertain
Ecuador
2015
Seasonality Uncertain
Falkland Islands
7,500
Official estimate
LC
2015
Malvinas
Peru
105,000
Official estimate
LC
2015
Uruguay
12,000-13,000
Official estimate
LC
2015

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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