Sea Lions

You’ll know you’re getting close to the sea lions in our care by the energy in the air. Sea lions are extremely social and vocal!

Sea lions and seals are often confused, but here’s a clue you won’t forget. Sea lions have visible ear flaps—seals have only holes. Listen to the chorus of calls at the sea lion and you’ll easily remember it’s the ears that set them apart.

Don’t let our sea lions have all the fun—why not put on a wetsuit and join them in our Sea Lion Interaction Program or for a special adventure on dry land, check out our Sea Lions Up-close Tour.

Be sure to check out our resident sea lion stars, Clyde & Seamore, in The Cannery Row Caper. To learn more about these intriguing animals see The Sea Lion Story.

Q: Where in California are these sea lions found?
SW: Sea lions live all along the Pacific coast of North America, from southern British Columbia to central Mexico and into the Gulf of California, Mexico.

Q: Are they endangered?
SW: This particular species is neither “endangered” nor “threatened.”

Q: What do they eat?
SW: Mostly a variety of fishes, squids and octopuses.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: Grown males reach lengths of 6.5-8 feet, while females come in around 5-6.5 feet in length.

Leon is a male California sea lion.

At 6’8” Leon is about the height of a professional basketball player. And weighing in at 354 lbs, he’s bigger and cuter than any professional wrestler.

They call Leon “The Close Talker” because he loves getting up close with guests and trainers. He also has a thing for waving his fore flippers to get your attention. Leon likes to do everything quickly, chew ice cubes, and blow bubbles underwater. Like any 9 year old.