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Sea lion

Zalophus californianus

The sea lion is perfectly adjusted to a life at sea. It has a streamlined body and it can close its nostrils underwater. Its big eyes see well in the dim light and its long whiskers can register vibrations in the water when it hunts fish. The sea lion is very good at this because it can
swim up to 40 km/h.

Sea lions are intelligent and curious. That is why they are the most happy at a zoo if they are trained several times a day.

At Odense ZOO, we train the sea lions 3-5 times a day. We activate them both on land and in the water with many different exercises because sea lions love new challenges.

Fish, squids and crustacean
North America
Life expectancy
27 years
Male: 250-390 kg Female: 90-110 kg
Gestation period
1 year
IUCN status
Least concern (LC)