Sea lions belong to the family of seals and are classified under a family of wing footed creatures called the pinnipeds. In fact, sea lions fall under the eared seals category in the family which are different from true seals.
What is the difference between true seals and eared seals?
The eared variety of seals has front flippers that are large and these are used by these animals to move through water at 25 mph speeds. They also have external ears and have a body structure that enables them to move in dense marine environments.
The coolest thing about sea lions is that they have rotating hip bones! And this helps them walk on land!
Where do sea lions live?
They are found all over the world except the North Atlantic Ocean. Some species prefer warmer conditions and live close to California while others live in the sub arctic regions.
#FunFact: Even though the climatic conditions are similar to their other normal habitats in the North Atlantic Ocean, sea lions aren’t found there and even scholars aren’t sure as to why.
How are sea lions classified?
Well, they are mammals as they give birth to their young. In fact, the female sea lions nurse their young too.
Did you know that a large group or family of sea lions is called a colony or pod?
Some other fun facts about sea lions
- They are extremely social animals
- They communicate using a variety of different sounds
- They are usually found in large colonies
- And each of the colonies have sub groups
- They can dive up to 600 ft under water to find food
- The largest of the species is the Stellar Sea Lion
- The rarest of the lot is the New Zealand Sea Lion
- They can see better in water than in land
- The typical gestation period can vary anywhere between 8-11 months for a female sea lion
- The male species is very large and can weight even up to 1 ton in some cases (average weight – 1500 pounds)
- Females weigh up to 700 pounds and are shorter (9ft) while the male species can grow up to 11 ft
- Average life span is about 20 years and in captivity some have lived up to 30 years
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