Zalophus californianus (Lesson, 1828)
California sea lion
photo by FAO

Family:  Otariidae ()
Max. size:  240 cm TL (male/unsexed); 200 cm TL (female); max.weight: 390 kg; max.weight: 110 kg
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  The fastest swimming pinniped, it is found in coastal and continental shelf waters; frequent bays, harbours, and river mouths and regularly haul-out on buoys and jetties. Feeds on squid, octopus, and many species of fishes (Ref. 1394). Preyed upon by the great white shark (Ref. 32140) and the broadnose sevengill shark (Ref. 8910). Found in coastal and continental shelf waters; frequent bays, harbours, and river mouths and regularly haul-out on buoys and jetties. Feeds on squid, octopus, and many species of fishes (Ref. 1394).
IUCN Red List Status: (LC); Date assessed: 12 December 2014 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 11.12.05
Modified by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 20.11.09

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