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Japanese Sea Lion


Scientific Name:
Zalophus japonicus
Length:
2.3-2.5 m
Weight:
450-560 kg
Status:
edangered
Prey:
squid, fish

Physical characteristics

Females are smaller with lighter color, and males are larger and darker.

Behavioral characterization

They are known for being intelligent and playful.

Distribution

They are found in the coastal areas of Japan.

Population size

N/A

Predators

Humans, killer whales, and sharks.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

they are found moving all along the coast of Japan.

Social system/Group size

They can be found in groups of up to 200 individuals.

Major threats

They were driven to extinction in the 1970's by extreme harvesting.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They had been previously used in circuses. It is believed that they went extinct in the 1970s.