Californian Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
There are six separate species of Sea Lion. Sea lions have ears, unlike true seals. The Californian Sea Lion shown here is native to coasts from southern Alaska to Mexico.
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
Males are much larger than females, with higher foreheads, thicker necks and usually darker. They can reach some 8 feet (2.5 metres) long.
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
They are intelligent and are the species most used in sealion performance/shows to do tricks (here at Loro Parque, Tenerife) and some naval training.
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lion yawning
Captivity can be quite boring . . .