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CALIFORNIA SEA LION

(Zalophus californianus)

The Zoo is home to four sea lions. Boomerang, a male born in 2006, arrived in May of 2015, joining 2-year-old P.J., a male, and females Marina and Lily. Marina and Lily, born in 2009, were found stranded on beaches in Los Angeles County and rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California. P.J. was born here at the Zoo in June 2013 to Marina. As a pup, Boomerang was also found stranded along the California coast and deemed non-releasable by National Marine Fisheries Service. He lived at the Mystic Aquarium until joining our Zoo family.






ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA SEA LION

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The California sea lion is a protected species throughout its range. Sea lions are known to damage fishing gear and steal or destroy fish, but can get caught or killed through this type of behavior. Despite conflicts with commercial and sport fisheries, the population continues to survive.

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HABITAT

California sea lions live on offshore rocks and beaches on the Pacific west coast of North America from British Columbia to the coast of Mexico.

DIET

The sea lion eats fish, octopus, squid, mollusks and crustaceans.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A sea lion can dive up to 450-feet deep and remain submerged for 20 minutes without a breath.
  • Sea lions are different from seals in many ways. One difference is that sea lions have ear flaps called pinnea, which seals lack.
  • Natural predators of the sea lion are orcas and white sharks.
  • Sea lions move pretty well on land, using their hind flippers and fore flippers as feet.
  • Sea lions are some of the most gregarious sea mammals. They can form groups on land upwards of a thousand individuals at a time.