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Galapagos Wildlife, Sea Lion Galapagos

The Lions are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The local population now has 50,000 copies, are adapted to their lifestyle semi-aquatic. They can be seen along sandy beaches and rocky islands, capturing the intention of the tourists.

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  • Scientific name:Zalophus wollebaeki
  • Class:Mammalia
  • Family:Otariidae
  • Size:150 - 250 cms
  • Weight:50 - 400 kgs

 

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Sea Lion Galapagos

The endemic Galapagos sea lion is a subspecies of the California sea lion.

It is characterized by its extremities in the form of fin and spend most of the year at sea. Like seals, are different from those in which their puppies are much slower growth, remaining two years with their mothers. Males have the hair of the head very long, a feature not present in females, making them very similar to the seals.

The Galapagos sea lion is also known as "wolf hair" because the length of its coat is uniform throughout the body.

A male sea lion can weigh up to 250 kilograms. When wet, both sexes are dark brown and dries your skin is often a lighter color.

Mating season is usually from July to December. The sea lion fight with other males for control of territory and the breeding colony is located there. There are several reproductive groups present in each breeding colony. These include male, female, young and puppies. Females are known to move between the territories if the dominant male are not suitable for breeding.

The females have their young each year. The females wean their babies past 11 or 12 months, but some nurse their pups a year old next to the newborn.

Galapagos sea lions are always playing each other or with other animals.

Galapagos Wildlife, Sea Lion Galapagos

Galapagos Wildlife

 

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