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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 by in Marine Mammals | 0 comments

Zalophus californianus
Number 0039

This here is a California sea lion. California sea lions make me miss San Francisco, and then I get sad because I think of all the other things I miss about San Francisco. Strangely, male California sea lions weigh up to 1,000 pounds, while females weigh only 350 pounds tops! Yet the males, at 7 feet long, are only one foot longer than the females!

As for the differences between sea lions and seals: sea lions have visible ears and they walk on their flippers when on land. Seals’ ears aren’t easily seen and they crawl along on their bellies.

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