The Sea Lion is not just another fluffy ocean mammal, Sea Lions have an average lifespan of about 20 years, with some having been recorded to live way into their 30’s.
The Fluffy pups are born weighing about 13 – 20 pounds with an average length of 2.5 feet, female Sea Lions can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds and be up to 6 or 7 feet long, while male Sea Lions tend to be much larger weighing about 800 pounds full grown, and 8 foot in length.
The Sea Lion diet consists of many things and a large variety of fish, with anchovies, herring, salmon, and sardines at the top of the list. Sea Lions do not chew their food but rather swallow chunks whole, even though they have about 38 teeth perfect for tearing food apart.
There are seven known Sea Lion species that have been identified, however sadly, one of those has already become extinct.
1.California Sea Lion
2.Steller Sea Lion
3.Austrailian Sea Lion
4. Galapagos Sea Lion
5.New Zealand Sea Lion
6.South American Sea Lion
7.Japanese Sea Lion (EXTINCT)
Sadly there are many factors out there in the world that have led to the decline of Sea Lion populations around the world, and they are recognized as an animal that is endangered, with many species on the edge of extinction. Gladly many conservation efforts have been put in place with hopes that the decline will come to a halt.