California Sea Lion

Meet L.B., the 14-year-old male sea lion at the El Paso Zoo! 

DESCRIPTION
Sea lions, unlike seals, have small external flaps on their ears. These animals swim using their front legs, which work like flippers. To prevent water from entering the lungs, slits on the nostrils close when the sea lion goes underwater. Sea lions have a thick layer of fat, short, thick fur that is dark brown to buff-colored, and its dog-like head. The whiskers help the sea lion's sense of touch.

DID YOU KNOW: 
The California sea lion makes a variety of sounds, including a roaring noise like a lion! They also bark and honk like a horn. Males bark frequently when defending their territories. At the El Paso Zoo, you can watch for bursts of bubbles rising to the surface when LB barks underwater.

STATUS IN THE WILD:
Population numbers are increasing. More than 200,000 sea lions are estimated to live in the wild.  

 
HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION: 
Sea lions live in the Pacific Ocean.

DIET:
Sea lions eat fish, squid, octopi, crabs, clams and lobsters.

CONSERVATION CONNECTIONS: 
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for a healthy ocean. You can download the Seafood Watch App to make sustainable choices when purchasing seafood.