What kind of animal is the South American sea lion? Explanation of its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. A marine animal that can be seen at the aquarium.


What kind of animal is a sea lion? We will explain the characteristics, ecology, and habitat of marine animals that can be seen in aquariums and the sea. It is a very well-known animal in South America, but may not be very familiar to people on other continents. It is smaller than a sea lion but larger than a sea lion.

What is South American sea lion? Basic Stats

The South American sea lion is a marine mammal of the family Otariidae, belonging to the genus Otaria. Its scientific name is Otaria byronia / Otaria flavescens, and its English name is South American Sea Lion. Its body length is 200-280cm and its weight is 150-340kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)South American Sea Lion
scientific name(学名)Otaria byronia / Otaria flavescens
classification(分類)Mammalia、Carnivora、 Otariidae、Otaria 


South American sea lions are found in a wide range of habitats in South America, from the Strait of Magellan to the coast of Peru, including Uruguay and Argentina.

What are their characteristics? What kind of creature are they?

South American sea lions are characterized by their large heads and manes. Females and immature males do not have manes. They have sturdy bodies, thick necks, and large heads. On land, they move by crawling, with their abdomens raised off the ground. In the water, they move freely using their bodies and front legs to catch prey. They can swim submerged for a considerable amount of time.

What is their personality like?

South American sea lions are more gentle and laid-back than sea lions. However, during breeding season, males may fight over mates.

What is their ecology like?

South American sea lions live on fish and squid. They are polygamous and breed from August to December, with a 360-day gestation period, and can give birth to one baby at a time. Babies reach sexual maturity in about four years. They are said to live for 15 to 20 years.

Do they have any natural enemies?

The natural enemies of sea lions are killer whales and sharks.

Is the South American South Sea Lion an endangered species?

The South American South Sea Lion is not an endangered species. Its current population is very stable and shows no signs of decreasing at present. However, it has been hunted for its meat, fur, and oil, so caution is required.

Can you keep a South American South Sea Lion as a pet?

South American South Sea Lions are very large animals and require a lot of space, so it is not very realistic for ordinary people to keep them as pets. We recommend viewing them at an aquarium. Check the prices and other information, and visit the facility’s events to be guided. You can also see dolphins, fur seals, California sea lions, and penguins in shows and exhibits.


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