870. Sea Lions

The male sea lion has a distinctively loud vocalization. Sea lions can growl, bark and make clicking noises. They just love to bask in the sun, so you’ll probably see them out on the beach or on offshore rocks. Sea lions have long whiskered noses like a dog. Males can weigh up to 700 pounds, while females weigh in somewhere around 250. They can go under water for to up to twenty minutes, and swim at about ten to twelve miles an hour. But if they are after something special they can shoot through the waves much faster. In June sea lion pups are born. Moms use smell and vocalizations to pick out their own pups from others on the beach. Oh, and by the way, if you find a marine mammal on the beach please leave it there and notify a park ranger. It may be sick or injured, but most likely it’s just resting!