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California sea lion

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The California sea lion is a coastal sea lion of western North America. Their numbers are abundant , and the population continues to expand about 5% annually. They are quite intelligent and can adapt to man-made environments. Because of this, California sea lions are commonly found in public displays in zoos and marine parks and trained by the US Navy for certain military operations. This is the classic circus "seal", though it is not a true seal.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by WildFlower
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By Scott Staley

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Uploaded Jan 8, 2014. Captured Jun 23, 2008 13:46.
  • FinePix S5700 S700
  • f/3.5
  • 1/208s
  • ISO200
  • 63.3mm