California Sea Lion
California Sea Lion
Oceans
ABout California Sea Lion

SEA LIONS CAN HUNT CONTINUOUSLY FOR UP TO 30 HOURS AND CAN REMAIN UNDERWATER FOR NEARLY 10 MINUTES DURING EACH DIVE.

California sea lions are faster than other seals or sea lions and are able to swim nearly 25 miles an hour. Sea lions often gather in large colonies on huge rocks along the seashore. Their thick layers of blubber help them survive the icy cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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average size
5.5-7.25ft,
610-860 lbs
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native region
Coastline of the Pacific Ocean
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eating habits
Squid, fish, sometimes clams
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Conservation status
Least concern
Distinguishing characteristics

Holly is much smaller than the adult sea lions, however she is not as small as Ivy or Joy. She is a little bit older than Joy, so their size difference is a good way to tell them apart.

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Holly was rescued after being found stranded on Malibu beach. Since coming to the Indianapolis Zoo she has been thriving.

Distinguishing characteristics

The youngest of all our sea lions, Ivy has the shortest body and face.

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Ivy was rescued following multiple strandings in La Jolla, Calif. If you hear a sound that sounds like a lamb coming from our sea lion exhibit, it's Ivy! Her vocalization is very unique and distinct from the barks of the other sea lions.

Distinguishing characteristics

Though not as small as Ivy, still not as large as the other adults. She can often be spotted playing with the other sea lion pup, Holly.

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Joy was born at the Marine Mammal Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her mother was being treated there and couldn't care for her, so the staff stepped in to care for her.

Distinguishing characteristics

Smaller size; slender body; narrow face; lack of markings (led to her name, "no mark" to "Marcy")

Fun Facts

Marcy has been at the Zoo since its opening in White River State Park. Marcy has a distinctly loud bark and she is a habitual sneezer. When she eats she always folds large herring in half before eating them. She knows a wide variety of behaviors including balancing a ball, doing flipper stands and giving the occasional kiss.

Distinguishing characteristics

Missing his right eye; when his fur is dry, it has a slight reddish tint

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Ray was originally found stranded off the coast of California in November 2011 suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He was rehabilitated and rereleased into the wild before he was found again in March 2012 following another attack, which left him blind in his right eye. Ray is a very vocal sea lion. He is masculine and easily distracted by what the other sea lions are doing.

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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Sea Lions are located in the Oceans Exhibit.
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Get acquainted with these charming marine mammals as the keepers demonstrate their extraordinary ability to learn.

The California sea lions will amaze with their vocalizations, gestures and wonderful diving abilities. These intelligent animals are wonderful representatives for their wild counterparts and bring the message of animal conservation combined with a sense of humor!

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