LATIN NAME: Zalophus californianus
Sea-lions almost became extinct, but as a result of protective measures they are once more flourishing in the wild.
The sea-lion, also known as the California sea-lion, is found in open water and on rocky coasts on the Pacific seaboard of the USA and also in the Galapagos Islands.
Its diet is made up of fish and molluscs. Its vibrissae, or moustaches, play an important role in the search for food and in capturing prey.
It measures between 2 and 2.5 metres long and weighs between 110 and 250 kg.