South American Sea Lion

The South American Sea Lion or Southern Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens, previously Otaria bryonia) is a sea lion found on the Chilean, Peruvian, Uruguayan and Argentine coasts. They are perhaps the typical sea lion in appearance. They have a very large head with an upturned snout. Both males and females are orange-colored. The manes on males are lighter than females, and female fur on the head and neck is lighter than that of males.

The South American Sea Lion’s size and weight can vary quite a lot. Adult males have an average length of 8ft 6 in (2.6 m) and an average weight of about 660 lb (300 kg). Adult females have an average length of 6 to 7 ft (1.8 to 2 m) and usually weigh about half the weight of the males, around 330 lb (150 kg).