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Adopt a Sea Lion

Sea lions are intelligent animals and can be distinguished from seals by their small ear flap on each side of their head. Seals just have a tiny opening for their ears. Sea lions can also pull their rear flippers up under their bodies and use them to move forward along beaches and rocky shorelines, whereas seals cannot. One species, the California sea lion, lives along the rocky Pacific Ocean coastlines of western North America. Huge colonies can be seen gathered on seaside rocks. Male sea lions, called bulls, will gather harems of females which he must defend against other males wishing to mate with them. During the breeding season, sea lions make all sorts of noises with their barking, honking, and roaring sounds in order to establish or defend their territory. A baby sea lion is able to pick out its mother amongst hundreds of sea lions gathered along the shores just by the sound she makes. Sea lions, once hunted for their skin and oil, have seen their populations come back with the help of international laws to protect them. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt a sea lion today!

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