Species: Sea lion
Latin name: Zalophus californianus
What they look like: Sea lions are dark grey or brown in colour and have two fins on their upper body in addition to a fanned tail to help them move through the water. They also have large whiskers to help them with navigation and sleek waterproof fur.
- Sea lions are extremely agile in the water, using their front flippers to power themselves along.
- They have excellent underwater vision and their whiskers are very sensitive to vibrations in the water.
- Their fur is short, sleek and waterproof.
Where they live: West coast of California (USA). Also Galapagos Archipelago.
Habitat: Sea, isolated beaches and rocky coastlines.
What they eat: Octopus, squid and fish.
Threats: Poaching and habitat pollution.