South American sea lion
along the coastline and beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
World class Divers
Sea lions are perfectly adapted to life in the water. They can effortlessly dive to depths of up to 170 metres by closing their nostrils to make themselves watertight.
Always Follow Your Nose
Sea lions have whiskers on their snouts which they use to sense their prey whilst hunting - these sensory hairs allow them to discern movement in the water at distances up to 40 metres away. This works even in the dark.
Sea lions mostly eat fish, but they do also eat crabs, squid and even the young of other species of seal.