Australian Sea Lion

Australian Sea Lion

Australian Sea Lions
Photographer: Cody Pope

Australian Sea Lion Range Map (Australia)
Australian Sea Lion Range Map (Australia)
Dark Blue - Breeding Colonies
Light Blue - Non Breeding Individuals
Latin Name Neophoca cinerea
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Australia
Colour Brown
Length 1.3 - 2.5 m (4.25 - 8.2 ft)
Weight 60 - 300 Kgs (130 - 660 lbs)
Life Expectancy

12 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Australian Sea Lions have a body length between 1.3 and 2.5 m (4.25 - 8.2 ft) and they weigh between 60 and 300 kgs (130 - 660 lbs).

At birth pups are coloured silvery/fawn and as they mature females retain this colouration, whereas males turn darker brown and they develop thick skin and fur on their neck.


Australian Sea Lions can be found along the coast lines of western and southern Australia.


Australian Sea Lions feed on fish, lobster, squid and octopus.


Australian Sea Lions have a gestation period of approximately 18 months, which includes a 5 - 6 month period of delayed implantation, and they give birth to a single pup. The pup is weaned at 15 - 18 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 6 years of age.


The main predators of Australian Sea Lions are sharks, particularly great whites.


Australian Sea Lions have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

Austrailian Sea Lions are alos known as:
White-Capped Sea Lion
Australian Sealion

Similar Animals

New Zealand Sea Lion
South American Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion
Japanese Sea Lion
California Sea Lion


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