California Sea Lions
Scientific Name Zalophus californianus
Native To North Pacific from the Japanese coast to California, Mexico and Galapagos Islands
Diet Over 50 species of fish including; Squid, Salmon, Octopuses, Northern anchovy, Herring and Opaleye. At West Edmonton Mall we feed our Sea Lions Squid, Herring, Capelin, Smelt and Mackerel.
Size and Age Males to 2.4 m (8 feet) long, 340 kg (750 pounds); females generally no larger than 100 kg (220 pounds)
California Sea Lions belong to the “Eared Seal” family and are commonly mistaken for a seal. Some easy ways to tell a Sea Lion apart from a Seal are the way they move on land and their ears. Sea Lions have a rotating hip bone which allows them to tuck in their hind flippers and allows them to walk, run, jump and climb. Where Seals have a fused hip bone and are not capable of walking, running or even jumping. They slide more on their bellies. Sea Lions have external ear flaps that are easy to see, Seals simply have tiny holes covered by fur.