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Sea Lion Facts for Kids

This page will help you learn more about Sea Lions.

Seal or sea lion

Is a sea lion the same as a seal?

Actually, sea lions and seals are two different animals. Differences include 1) sea lions have external ear flaps, 2) sea lions walk on land using all four flippers (seals bounce on their bellies) and 3) sea lions use their front flippers to swim (seals use their hind flippers).

Sea lion predators.

What eats sea lions?

Great white, hammerhead and blue sharks, as well as orcas, occasionally hunt sea lions. Water pollution, marine debris, and competition for food and habitat created by people also endanger our friends in the sea.

Sea lions swim.

How fast can a sea lion swim?

Sea lions can swim at burst speeds up to 25 miles per hour, but most of the time they swim around 11miles per hour. Sea lions can swim faster by gliding on the surface of the water.

Sea lion lifespan.

How long do sea lions live?

The average life span of the sea lion is about 20 years, but some have been recorded to live into their 30’s. We can determine their age by counting growth layers in their teeth, just like the rings in a tree trunk.

Sea lion food.

What do sea lions eat?

Sea lions eat many things. They like lots of different fish, including anchovies, herring salmon and sardines. They can also eat squid and octopus. Sea lions have 34 to 38 teeth, which they use to catch and tear their food. They don’t use them to chew their food though, they swallow it whole.

Sea lion weight.

How large are sea lions?

Pups (baby sea lions) weigh about 13-20 pounds and are 2.5 feet long when they are born. Females can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds and can be up to 6.5 feet long. Male sea lions tend to be larger, weighing about 600 to 800 pounds and can be up to 8 feet long.

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