Our sea lions are on view in the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat.

Eastern north Pacific from Vancouver Island, British Columbia south to Baja California, Mexico including the Gulf of California. They haul out on quiet sandy beaches, offshore rocks, and on man-made structures such as piers, boats, breakwaters, and buoys.

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California sea lions are well adapted to their marine environment.

Limbs that evolved into flippers and body shape allows efficient movement through the water.

Their thick blubber layer aids in temperature control. Very sensitive vibrissae or whiskers are an important sensory part when the animal is hunting for food or swimming in a dark or constricted area.

Muscle tissue myoglobin stores relatively large quantities of oxygen, helping the animal during long periods under water and during deep dives.

Females stay with their pups for the first seven to ten days and then begin to forage at sea for one to three days at a time.

Returning to shore, they quickly find their pup by smell and vocalization.However, a small number do remain light yellow to blond their entire lifetime.Adult females and juveniles are tan or blond except for a short period after molting when they are light gray to silver-gray. Adult males seem to molt in January and February, with females and juveniles molting from early autumn through the winter.These pinnipeds may spend several days to several weeks at sea foraging.During this time they dive almost continuously, taking brief surface rests.They remain close to the water’s edge of beaches during warm weather, moving inland or up coastal slopes during cool weather or at night.