Hooker's Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri)

Sea lions are found around the hotter islands to the regions of New Zealand. They breed on the sands of the shore and further inland where their pups can be safe. Females will even suckle their young together in forests. They can be found in large groups feeding in coastal areas to deep waters. Seals will generally stay from traveling far into the depths of the oceans where there are predators in the more open areas of the water.

Sea lions have a coat of blubber that protects them from the cold of the water. Their whiskers help them to know where they are moving and what is found around them. Their torpedo shaped bodies allow them to move quickly through the water to hunt and get away from prey. They also have the ability to be on land which helps them when predators are in the water.

A sea lion will have one pup per birth. The pup will have a stripe down their nose. They will stay with the mother for one year, where they will learn how to hunt, swim and avoid predators. The pups are born at similar times in large groups so they can play and learn from each other as well.

Sea lions eat over 33 types of fish. Of their diet 59% is fish, 22% is cephaleas, 15% are crustaceans. They will hunt night and day in the water and reach depths of 400 meters. Males feed more on larger prey such as penguins where as females will scrounge on the bottom sea beds.

Body Length 1.22 - 2.44 metres
Tail Length N/A
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 15.00 - 25.00 years
Weight 165.11 - 449.96 kilograms