10 Fun Facts About the Galapagos Sea Lion

Galapagos Islands Animals, Galapagos Marine Life

Want to learn about one of the most famous animals in the Galapagos? Check out the fun facts below!

A large male at Punta Carola, San Cristobal

10 Galapagos Sea Lion Fun Facts

  1. The males can weigh up to 900 pounds! Don’t mess with them.
  2. Males can be distinguished from the females by their larger size, and the characteristic bump on the top of their heads.
  3. Galapagos sea lions dry themselves off naturally by rolling around in the sand.
  4. Alpha males may have a harem of anywhere from 5 to 20 females which they must defend from other males that enter the territory.
  5. Galapagos sea lion males become weak while defending a territory (less time to eat), and usually lose their territory to a stronger male within a couple months.
  6. There are males who are not strong enough to protect a territory or attract females to mate with; they live in bachelor colonies! Where is the big screen TV and sports bar?
  7. Mother sea lions can recognize the bark of their own young.
  8. There is a huge variety in the age at which young sea lion pups are weaned. You can sometimes spot rather enormous “big babies” almost the size of their mothers trying to nurse.
  9. The main predators of the Galapagos sea lions are sharks and killer whales.
  10. They are endemic only to the Galapagos!

Baby sea lions playing in the sand at La Loberia, San Cristobal

A mom and her pup at La Loberia, San Cristobal

Galapagos sea lions are just so beautiful! Swimming with them is an unforgettable experience.

Have you ever swam with Galapagos sea lions? Would you like to? Please share by commenting on this post.

Meet the Author

Lisa Cho is an expat living in Ecuador, originally from San Francisco, California. She writes about the Galapagos Islands on this site and about her mainland Ecuador adventures on CuencaCultureShock.com

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