California Sea Lion

Where can I see the California Sea Lion

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Artur Bogacki
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The California Sea Lion is often seen on the shore of California, Oregon and Washington. It is often found in groups called 'rafts'.

These sea lions are known for their noisy barking which can be heard up to a mile away.

The California Sea Lion prefers crustaceans such as crabs and clams but they also eat fish, squid and octopus. To catch these creatures they stay still on the ocean floor waiting for an unsuspecting victim before lunging upwards at great speed. They have even been known to jump several feet out of the water just below a seabird in flight!

California Sea Lions often sunbathe on rocks or beaches after they have eaten a big meal. This helps them digest their food more quickly before they dive

Animal population
180,000
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IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the California Sea Lion

Fact 1

California sea lions aren’t picky about the type of seafood they consume.

Fact 2

When diving deep, they slow their heart rates to remain underwater for nearly ten minutes before surfacing to breathe.

Fact 3

These creatures are highly social with large numbers gathering at sites where they rest together.

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Areas of Natural Beauty where you can see the California Sea Lion in the wild