South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens
South American Sea Lion, Pan de Azucar N. P., Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image Chile
January 2007

The South American Sea Lion is distributed along the Pacific coast of South America from Peru south to Cape Horn and from south-east Brazil southwards.

South American Sea Lion, Pan de Azucar N. P., Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image The bulls are immense and develop a huge, shaggy mane which gets bigger as they grow older so the bull in photo 1 is older than the bull in photo 2. It has the largest mane of any of the Sea Lions and you can see from photo 1 why they got their English name.

Bulls are much heavier than females weighing in at about 350 kilos compared to about 150 kilos for the female.

South American Sea Lion, Pan de Azucar N. P., Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
South American Sea Lion, Pan de Azucar N. P., Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
South American Sea Lion, Pan de Azucar N. P., Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
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