The Life of a Sea Lion

Galápagos sea lion

Galápagos sea lion

Galapagos Sea Lions are the most numerous marine mammals on the Galapagos Islands. They have a body length between 150 and 250 cms and they weigh between 50 and 400 Kgs , males being much larger than females.

Males are colored brown, females tend to be a lighter tan and juveniles are colored chestnut brown. Their bodies are streamline and they have well developed fore flippers which they use to propel themselves through the water.

When males reach puberty they begin to develop a raised forehead and sometimes their hair is lighter coloured on their crest.

Their Habitats

Galapagos Sea Lions are found on the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. They spend a lot of their time swimming in the ocean but while on land they prefer sandy beaches and flat rocky areas that have plenty of shade and tidal pools. While at sea they will rarely venture further than 16 Kms (10 miles) from the coast.

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CARNIVORA OTARIIDAE


Scientific Name:Zalophus wollebaeki