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Galapagos sea lion

Zalophus wollebaeki

Description:

Slightly smaller than their Californian relatives, Galápagos sea Lions range from 150 to 250 cm in length and weigh between 50 to 400 kg, with the males averaging larger than females. Adult males also tend to have a thicker, more robust neck, chest, and shoulders in comparison to their slender abdomen. Females have a longer, more slender neck and thick torso. Once sexually mature, a male’s sagittal crest enlarges, forming a small, characteristic bump-like projection on their forehead. Galápagos sea lions, compared to California sea lions, have a slightly smaller sagittal crest and a shorter muzzle. Adult females and juveniles lack this physical characteristic altogether with a nearly flat head and little or no forehead.

Habitat:

All over the Galapagos Islands. You can find them both in the water and in the sand beaches and rocky shores. Beware of getting in between males fights while wading in the water. Females and youngsters come to play and can fake biting your feet (sometimes is not so fake!)

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14 Comments

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

supreme.

patty
patty 9 years ago

Oh! How wonderful!! The sea lion was just born!! No wonder it is so cute and getting used to its new surroundings too. I imagine birds may the placenta; many animals do as its extra rich of vitamins. Thank you for your sharing this wonderful experience with sea lions =).

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Hi Patty: the "thing" is the placenta. the baby was just born and had still its placenta and umbilical cord. Of course the birds don´t miss an opportunity to get extra protein. In these islands there is no much to eat for birds so they can take advantage of this extra source of food.

patty
patty 9 years ago

So sweet; it looks kind of sad though...Regarding the third picture in your series, may I ask what the "thing" between the bird and the baby sealion is? Greetings

pennymomof2
pennymomof2 9 years ago

so sweet!

crobin
crobin 9 years ago

Awesome

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, pouihi!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, Cecilia! This island was full of moms and pups at the moment I was there..

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks! In Galapagos is easy. Española is one of the islands that had lots of pups with their moms right in the beach, ate least in Sep that year I went.

EdMarshall
EdMarshall 10 years ago

Adorable little pup, great work

Elsa
Elsa 10 years ago

Sounds like paradise!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

In Galapagos most animals are very tame so is ideal to make pictures :-)

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Marta, incredible beautiful series!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Good series of pictures and Good information. Thanks.

The MnMs
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Ecuador

Spotted on Sep 5, 2005
Submitted on Jun 16, 2011

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