List of sea lions

Photo credit: Kelly J. Kane

Visit any beach or pier in California and there is a good chance you will see a California sea lion. In fact, California sea lions seem to be everywhere enjoying one of the following activities: lounging on buoys, sinking small boats, stealing fish from fishermen, swimming with dolphins, resting on prime pier real estate, and barking at whale watchers.

Since California sea lions are always around and visible, it’s easy to take them for granted, but we shouldn’t because they are one of seven sea lion species in the world! So if anything, I hope this short list of sea lions helps Californians appreciate how special the California sea lion truly is.

List of sea lions
Australian sea lion
California sea lion
Galapagos sea lion
Japanese sea lion [EXTINCT, has not been seen since the 1970’s]
New Zealand sea lion
Southern sea lion (aka South American sea lion)
Stellar sea lion [Endangered]


  1. says

    To whom it may concern,
    Good morning! I am contacting you from KAT (Korean Animal Transportation) Seoul, South Korea.
    I am contacting you regarding a few questions on adopting (purchasing) a few list of exotic animals.

    There are a group of investors currently building an aqua park located Northern east of Seoul, and are interested in purchasing a few aquatic mammals.

    The list are,
    – Pair of Sea lions (female/male)
    – pair of otters (female/male)
    – 15 penguins

    If you could assist me in this matter, or guide me to a department who would be able to assist me in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time, and hope to hear back from you soon.

    kind regards,

    Dr. Kang
    21-1, Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
    T +82 2 792 7602
    F +82 2 796 0008
    Mobile +821050470676

    • Carolyn Kraft says

      Hi Esther, I’m not sure how that works in the U.S., but I’m curious to find out. I’m going to contact the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and get back to you. Thanks so much for posting your comment!

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