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South American Sea Lion


Scientific Name:
Otaria flavescens
Length:
1.8-2.6 m (5.9-8.5 ft)
Weight:
150-300 kg (330-660 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Opportunistic feeders. Feed on fish, and some fur seals.

Physical characteristics

Adults have dark brown backs and light brown chests. Females have lighter fur on their head and necks. Males have very large heads and necks, and upturned noses.

Behavioral characterization

Primarily a coastal species, although occasionally seen in the open ocean.

Distribution

From Northern Peru, south to Cape Horn. North up the east coast of the continent to southern Brazil.

Population size

250,000

Predators

Killer Whales, sharks, Leopard Seals, and Puma.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Not known to migrate.

Social system/Group size

Found in large breeding harems. Can be seen rafting solo or in small groups.

Major threats

Hunted by humans, forced to compete with small-scale fisheries for food

Research efforts

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Fun fact

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