Sea lions

Zalophus californianus

Physical Adaptations

Structural

Sea lions are structured to dive to places 26 to 74 m deep. They are very agile and maneuver well in water. With their flippers they can go up to 25 mph. They usually do 85-198 dives a day. Also, sea lions have a very streamline shape and that allows the sea lions to be quicker in water. This is a positive thing for the sea lion to live in its environment because it will help the sea lions dive and swim to get the squid or salmon so it can eat.


Protective Coloration

Sea lions can blend in very well with its surroundings in the ocean. When a predator is near they will swim in between rocks. Sea lions are black or brown in water so they blend in rocks very well. Sea lions also blend in when they sleep on rocks if predators are trying to find food. This is a positive adaptation for a sea lion in its new environment because it will help the sea lions blend in rocks to avoid predators,

New Habitat

Why sea lions should be in my new habitat

Sea lions should be in a new habitat because their wouldn't be pollution for the sea lions to eat. The sea lions could live a happy life in its new habitat with no predators. A lot of times the food is limited and since their is squid and salmon the sea lion can eat. But if the food is limited at one point they could eat the producers in the ocean. Sea lions some times will eat plants. Sea lions like to sleep on rocks above the ocean and my habitat can provide them a nice place to sleep. I think a sea lion would not be endangered in its new habitat.

Old habitat

Why sea lions are endangered

Sea lions are on the endangered species list for many reasons. One of the reasons is because of humans. It is illegal in many places to not harm or kill a sea lion but however this doesn't stop many people. Another reason is that many adult sea lions suffer from different health issues. Most are from cancer and pneumonia. Once a sea lion has one of these health issues humans can do little to stop it. Also, another reason is that if a female isn't getting enough food they will stop producing milk. They may become a meal to the male sea lion is the food is limited. Young pups coloring is brown for the next six months so they have trouble blending in and predators eat them. Pups could also die by being trampled by a adult sea lion. The biggest reason that sea lions are endangered is if the water is full of trash. Sea lions could think its food that they could eat and they get sick and die. Most of the reason that sea lions are on the endangered species list is natural causes. But humans have a part in it as well.

Sea lion facts

Behavioral Adaptions

Territorial

Sea lions are very territorial, especially males. If another male sea lion was in that sea lions territory they start fighting. Territories only happen if a female is around. The territories usual size is about 130 square meters. This is a negative thing for the sea lions new environment because if the sea lions are endangered and if they could possibly kill each other if another sea lion is in its territory . This is a bad adaptation for the new habitat.


Instincts

Sea lions are very clever and figure out things very quickly. They have the instinct to know when they should get on water or land. When a sea lion is born they have the instinct to get food. Also when a pup is born it will usually go back to the same place their family came from. This is a good adaptation for the sea lion in its environment because it helps keep them safe and know their new habitat.