California Sea Lion

California Sea Lions

California Sea Lions

California Sea Lion Range Map (West Coast of N America) California Sea Lion Range Map
(West Coast of N America)
Latin Name Zalophus californianus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location West Coast of North America
Colour Brown or Tan
Length Up to 2.4 m (7.75 ft)
Weight 110 - 390 Kgs (240 - 860 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 17 Yrs (Wild)
Up to 30 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

California Sea Lions have a body length up to 2.4 m (7.75 ft) and they weigh between 110 and 390 kgs (240 - 860 lbs). They are brown or tan in colour and they have pointed muzzle. Males are significantly larger than females and they develop a large crest of bone on the top of their head as they reach maturity.


California Sea Lions can be found in the North Pacific Ocean along the west coast of North America.


California Sea Lions mainly feed on fish, such as herring, and squid.


After a gestation period of 11 months, California Sea Lions give birth to a single pup. They are weaned at 6 - 12 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 4 - 5 years of age.


Predators of California Sea Lions include great white sharks, bull sharks and killer whales.


California Sea Lions have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

California Sea Lions are the species of sea lion that usually performs in circuses, zoos and marine parks.

California Sea Lions are used by the US Navy for certain military operations.

California Sea Lions are also known as:
Californian Sea Lion
Lobo-Marino Californiano

Similar Animals

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


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