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Galapagos Sea Lion


Scientific Name:
Zalophus wollebaeki
Length:
150 to 250 cm
Weight:
50-100 kg
Status:
edangered
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

Males are brown, females tend to be a lighter tan, and juveniles are chestnut brown. Males also have lighter hair on crest once reach puberty. They have highly developed pectoral flippers and can easily maneuver on land because of independent movement of hind flippers.

Behavioral characterization

They tend to be fairly sociable animals with a loud bark. they are playful in nature and very agile. Adult bulls compete to dominate certain areas of a beach for harem of females. Males without a harem form "bachelor colonies" in less favorable beaches.

Distribution

found in the Galapagos islands and spend most of their time swimming in the ocean but they prefer sandy beaches, rocky areas, and tide pools.

Population size

Fluctuates between 20,000 to 50,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The Galapagos Sea Lion is also known as the Pagos Sea Lion and can walk better than any pinniped on land.