Where do sea lions live?
Sea lions are any of seven species in six genera of modern
pinnipeds including one extinct one (the Japanese sea lion). Sea
lions are characterized by the presence of external ear pinnae or
flaps, long front flippers, and the ability to walk on four
flippers on land. Their range extends from the subarctic to
tropical waters of the global ocean in both the northern and
southern hemispheres with the notable exception of the Atlantic
Ocean. They are generally found in shallow waters of coastal areas
of both with abundant food resources.
Sea Lions originally lived in the northern Pacific and slowly moved
to the south Pacific. Sea lions are seldom found in the Arctic and
never found in the Atlantic Ocean.
The California sea lion can be found along the coast of
California and Mexico.
The South American species is found mostly in the southern half
of the continent with colonies found from southern Brazil to Chile
and Peru. The best known are those of the Falkland Islands. Two
other species are found in the southern hemisphere. The Australian
sea lion and the New Zealand sea lion.