Are there sea lions in the Galapagos?

The Galapagos sea lion is a species that primarily breeds in the Galapagos Islands, although some breeding colonies also occur on Isla de la Plata just off of mainland Ecuador. They are one of two types of seal found in Galapagos and are part of the eared seal family – having external ear pinnae.

What makes Galapagos sea lions unique?

Their smooth and streamlined bodies make sea lions efficient hunters of fish (especially sardines) and other prey. Research has revealed that Galápagos sea lions can make the longest, deepest dives of all the sea lion species – they can dive for over 10 minutes and reach depths of almost 600m!

How many Galapagos sea lions are left in the world?

Galápagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) – Only between 20,000 and 50,000 remain.

How big are Galapagos sea lions?

60 to 100 inches
The Galapagos sea lion is one of the most emblematic animals of the Galapagos, with a hight of 1.50m to 2.50m (60 to 100 inches) and can weigh up to 250k (550lb). These sea lions are different from their relatives in California, being smaller and more sociable.

Do sea lions eat penguin?

Although most sea lions are largely dependent on fish and smaller marine vertebrates, many of them have been recorded preying on penguins. Sea lion predation on penguins has been observed both during swimming at sea and while resting on land.

Are Galapagos sea lions endemic?

There are around 20,000 to 50,000 Galapagos sea lions in the archipelago. While this might sound like a lot, because they are endemic they are at a higher risk of endangerment. They are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

What is the diet of a Galapagos sea lion?

Feeding and prey Little information exists on Galapagos sea lion prey, however their diet may vary throughout the archipelago; they are known to eat sardines, myctophids (lanternfish), and squid.

What do Galapagos sea lions eat?

How many sea lions are left?

The California sea lion population is growing steadily and is estimated at around 257,000 individuals.

Do sea lions eat squid?

Sea lions eat many things. They like lots of different fish, including anchovies, herring salmon and sardines. They can also eat squid and octopus. Sea lions have 34 to 38 teeth, which they use to catch and tear their food.

Who eats leopard seals?

the killer whale
The only natural predator of leopard seals is the killer whale.

Why are Galapagos sea lions important?

Galápagos sea lions and fur seals are endemic pinnipeds to the Galápagos Islands, where these two species play a crucial role as key predators and sentinel species for the functioning, services, and health of the marine ecosystem (Alava and Salazar, 2006; Alava et al., 2014, 2017a).

Where are the sea lions in the Galapagos Islands?

Galapagos sea lions are found in two places: the Galapagos Islands and on Isla de la Plata, which is about 25 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Territorial bulls can exhibit aggressive behavior.

Which is larger a male or female Galapagos sea lion?

Galapagos sea lions are sexually dimorphic, with males larger than females. Males tend to have a thicker, stouter neck, shoulders and chest than females, and adult canines are substantially larger and stronger in males. As males grow, their sagittal crest develops more rapidly, leaving a pronounced protrusion on their head.

How old do Galapagos sea lions get to be sexually active?

Male Galapagos sea lions take up to ten years to become fully mature but are sexually active at about six or seven; female Galapagos sea lions are fully mature at between six and eight years but can be sexually active at three years old.

What kind of animals live on the Galapagos Islands?

The most common native mammal you will see during your Galapagos expedition is the Galapagos sea lion, a subspecies of the Californian sea lion, which inhabits most islands. There are an estimated 50,000 individuals in the Galapagos Islands.