Sea Lion Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many kinds of animals that live in the ocean, and sea lions are one of them. Come learn about sea lions, where they live, how to tell them apart from seals and some other cool facts about these animals.

What is a Sea Lion?

Imagine sailing by a rocky beach when suddenly you hear all kinds of noise! All the barking, honking and roaring blend into one loud uproar. As you get closer, you see a lot of dark colored animals laying around, causing such a ruckus you can hardly hear anything else. You've just met some sea lions!

Sea lions are large animals that live in the ocean a lot of the time, have four flippers and small ears. In fact, you can use their ears to tell them apart from seals. Sea lions have tiny folds of skin that cover their ears, but seals only have small openings with no folds, making it easy to tell the difference.

Sea Lion with Small Ear Folds and Flippers
Sea Lion with Small Ear Folds and Flippers

Sea lions are part of a group of animals called pinnipeds, which means they have flippers for feet. Because they live in the water, sea lions need a way to stay warm. Since they can't put on a coat and scarf like you can, they have a layer of fat under their skin called blubber that keeps them toasty.

Sea lions are big animals, and the largest kind can weigh as much as 2,200 pounds. That is almost as much as nine giant pandas! Though these animals might look clumsy on land, they are expert swimmers, putting Olympic athletes to shame! They can swim up to eighteen miles per hour and are terrific divers, staying under water for up to 20 minutes.

Swimming Sea Lion
Swimming Sea Lion

Different Kinds of Sea Lions

Just like there are different kinds of dogs, there are different kinds of sea lions, and they live along coasts in different parts of the world. The only ocean on Earth where you won't find sea lions is the Atlantic Ocean. If you went sailing around the world, you could visit different sea lions in places like North America, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

What Do Sea Lions Eat?

Sea lions are carnivores, which means they eat meat. If you were to have dinner with a sea lion, you would eat things like fish, clams, crabs and squid. They may also eat baby seals.

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