Sea lions are aquatic mammals that travel at fast speeds and use the water to glide over the surface to reach 40km/h! Their agile bodies and quick movements play greatly on their species characteristics.
At Mediterraneo, we have 2 South American sea lions in our care; Junior and Dana.
**(ATTENTION! All ages are based on how old Junior and Dana will be in 2020)
Sea Lion Educational
During the Sea Lion Educational, you will sit back and watch our beautiful sea lions go about their daily routine. You will be able to learn more about their natural behaviours and at the end, you may even have a photo taken with them.
Their gentle temperament and interest in showing the crowd what they can do, allows them to get through exercise and interact with each other – their favourite time of the day.
Sea Lion Interaction
Our Sea Lion Interaction activity is designed to generate emotions and connections with our South American Sea Lions. During our session, you will be able to touch our animals and interact with them for 15 minutes.
This is a dry session led by our Animal Carers where you will go up close to the animal and communicate with them learning a few techniques that they understand.
Sea Lions Emotions (Not Available)
Our Sea Lion Emotions session is held with our Californian Sea Lions; NAMES. During this 45 minute interaction you will swim with our intelligent creatures and enjoy the natural movement and agility of their species.
This priceless experience will allow you to learn how to care for these animals in the wild, give you the experience of connecting with these magnificent aquatic mammals and even broaden your knowledge on their species.
You will be guided by our trained Animal Carers and understand the wants and needs of our Californian Sea Lions. This is an adventure that should not be missed.
Most people confuse Sea Lions with Seals, while they are very similar in their appearance, may choose similar habitats to live in and feed off similar foods; they do have a few differences:
|Sea Lions belong to the family Otariidae||Seals belong to the family Phocidae|
|Sea Lions have small external ears||Seals do not have external ears|
|Sea Lions mostly use forelimbs for swimming – they appear to be flying underwater||Seals use their hind flippers in a sculling movement to swim|
|Sea Lions use hind flippers to move on land||Seals use front flippers to move on land and bounce around on their bellies.|
|Sea Lions do not have spots, rings or patches on their bodies||Seals often have spots, rings and patches on their skin.|