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  • Context (BBC): A record number of sea lions gather in San Francisco.

Sea Lions - PMF IAS

  • Family: Otariidae. They live both on land and sea. Diet: Carnivorous.
  • Physical properties: Streamlined body with brown or tan coat, large head, and long, flexible neck.
  • Sea lion got its name because most males have manes. They roar to defend the females in their groups.
  • They have external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, short and thick hair, and a big chest and belly.
  • Habitat: Western coast and islands of North America, from southeast Alaska to central Mexico, on rocky shorelines, islands, and sandy beaches.
  • The average life is 20-30 years. They can be as heavy as 1200 pounds.
  • There are five species of sea lion: California, northern, southern, Australian, and New Zealand.
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