California Sea Lion

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California Sea Lion

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Character Data
Japanese Name: カリフォルニアアシカ
Romanised Name: Kariforuniaashika
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Zalophus californianus
Distribution: North America
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20 to 30 years
Read More: California sea lion
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
California Sea Lion Pavilion Nexon Game

The California Sea Lion is a Pinniped Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

California Sea Lion's old design has long black hair which are attached on the edge that takes form of a California Sea Lion's tail, she has two side fringes which represents the mustachs of the animal she's based on. Her entire outfit is composed of a black beach combination with detached sleeves and tights. She wears a blue and transparent fabric around her hips, and half frame glasses. As the other pinniped Friends, she has her fins on the head.

California Sea Lion's new design keep the form and the color of the hair, but add a shade of grey on the fringes. She wears a blue open hoodie with sleeves rolled up. Her tights were been removed, the fabric is shorter, she wears beach sandals and a blue balloon with the Japari park's logo on it.

In Real Life

Zalophus californianus (California Sea Lion)

The California sea lion is a coastal eared seal native to western North America but there are three species of California sea lion, divided by geographical divisions: Pacific coast, Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands. California sea lions are currently found in the eastern North Pacific from British Columbia to Baja California, the Gulf of California, and in a separate population on the Galapagos Islands. The population in Japan is now extinct. It is one of five species of sea lion.

The California Sea Lion is a sexually dimorphic species; adult males weigh three to four times more and are up to 1.2 times longer than their female counterparts. By two weeks of age, male pups are larger and heavier (75.7 cm, 9.01 kg) than their female counterparts (72.3 cm, 7.6 kg). Pups are born with a thick brownish-black lanugo that is generally moulted between the first and second month and is replaced by a darker coat.

Their feeding habits are influenced by coastal ecosystems and they consume a wide variety of prey. However, they usually prefer four to five species at each site, often consuming what is abundant locally or seasonally in the areas they occupy. California sea lions feed on a wide variety of seafood, mainly squid and fish, California sea lions may eat alone or in small to large groups, depending on the amount of food available.

They sometimes cooperate with other predators, such as dolphins, porpoises, and seabirds, when hunting large schools of fish. Sea lions are preyed on by killer whales and large sharks. However conflicts with fisheries, poaching and entanglement in marine debris contribute to California Sea Lion mortality, but The IUCN lists the California sea lion as Least Concern due to "its large and increasing population size."

California sea lions are social animals and form groups of several hundred individuals onshore. They are fast, agile swimmers and are often seen porpoising and wave riding. As social animals, California sea lions spend much time communicating with each other. From alarm barks to growls, bleats to roars, California sea lions are one of the noisiest pinniped species. Visual signals are an important part of their non-vocal communication.

Trivia

Zalophus californianus (California Sea Lion)
  • California sea lions may struggle with a tendency to overheat. To cool off, they will rest with a flipper in the water, flip sand over their backs or fan their flippers in the water.
  • Unlike seals, sea lions primarily use of their fore-flippers to propel themselves through the water. They also have visible ear-flaps, while seals only have ear holes.

References

1. "Zalophus californianus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

2. Zalophus californianus (California Sea Lion). Encyclopedia Of Life.

3. "California sea lion". Smithsonian's National Zoo & conversation biology institude.

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