california sea lion

Zalophus californiaus  

Body Length:Males: average 7'3"; Females: average 5'11"
Weight:Males: up to 860 lbs; Females: up to 245 lbs
Geographic Distribution:South from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico
Habitat:Coastal waters, rocky beaches, and marinas; hauls out on sandy beaches
Wild Diet:Fish and cephalopods, opportunistic
Zoo Diet:Herring, capelin, squid, and other fish types
Status in the Wild:Least Concern
Location:Pinniped Point

California sea lions are sexually dimorphic (with 2 distinct gender forms); males are larger and darker and have a crest on the forehead. California sea lions are dark, chestnut brown. They have thick fur and external ear flaps. The weight of their bodies can be supported by front flippers that are large, furless, and without claws.