California Sea Lion
- Typical colouring of California Sea Lions ranges
from tan to chocolate brown and may appear black when
wet. The head has a pointed muzzle and the profile resembles
that of a dog. The hair is short; the flippers are long
and leathery with nails. An adult male is larger weighing
about 800 pounds with a sagittal crest or bump on the
top of the head; the female who is considerably smaller,
averages 250 pounds.
- The California Sea Lion occurs from Baja California
- This playful, noisy, exuberant, quick learner is the
"trained seal" of the circus. It is highly adaptable to
any surrounding and use a variety of habitats. When resting
on rocks or beaches they point their noses skyward and
may be seen laying atop one another. When at sea they
raft together, playing and leaping clear of the surface.
Their long fore flippers enable them to make powerful
strokes while swimming and they may reach speeds of 25
mph. They are very vocal and bark like dogs; the pups
have a bleatlike call.
California Sea Lion prey on schooling fish, rockfish,
squid, flatfish, hake, lamprey, dogfish and salmon. This
healthy population continues to flourish despite ongoing
conflicts with commercial and sport fisheries.