Interesting facts about sea lions

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Life span for sea lions in zoological environment 25-35 years and 10-15 years in the wild.

At adulthood male sea lions will reach weights between 360-450 kilograms (800-1000 pounds) and
lengths of approximately 3 – 2.7 meters (9-10 feet). An adult female will reach weights between
90-115 kilograms (200-250 pounds) and measure 1.8 – 2.1 meters (6-7 feet) in length.

A mother sea lion is pregnant for 12 months. They give birth on land.

Sea lion pups are born weighing in at around 6 to 7 kilogram (13 to 15 pounds) of absolute
cuteness.

Many sea lion pups will nurse from their mothers for 4 to 8 months, although some sea lions may
decide to stay close to Mom for longer.

Sea lions are quite the social party animals, as they are rarely found alone.

Natural predators for sea lions are killer whales and sharks. Predators also include: polar bears,
coyotes and wolves.

Sea lions are very skilled divers, with the ability to go underwater and stay underwater for about
10 minutes at a time.

 

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During their underwater hunting sprees, they may go as far as 274 m (899 ft) underwater.

Being carnivores they are opportunistic feeders and have a diet primarily consisting of fish
including: squid, sardines, mackerel, herring, and capelin.

They can see well above and under water.

Sea Lions cannot smell under water.

Today there are seven known species of sea lions.

Nap during the day and at night and can sleep both in or out of the water.

Balance a ball utilizing their whiskers and not their nose.

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