California sea lion


: a small brown sea lion (Zalophus californianus) that occurs especially along the Pacific coast of North America from Vancouver Island to Baja California and the Gulf of California and in the Galapagos Islands and that is the seal most often trained to perform in circuses

Examples of California sea lion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stranding coordinators and biologists say the good news is that the California sea lion population is healthy and robust; however, rescue centers are filling up with sick and malnourished pups. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 So seeing big numbers of California sea lions is obviously a great thing. Emma Bowman, NPR, 4 May 2024 The whales mainly ate California sea lions, gray whale calves, and northern elephant seals. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 20 Mar. 2024 For example, California sea lions forage in Pacific coastal waters from the Canadian border to Baja California and are accidentally caught by boats fishing for hake and halibut. Heather Welch, The Conversation, 6 Mar. 2024 From winter to early spring, California sea lions travel along the West Coast as far north as southern Alaska in search of food such as salmon, before returning to southern California for mating season. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 29 Feb. 2024 But surprisingly, male California sea lions appear to be bucking this trend. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2023 The Mendocino Coast is a bustling place in terms of wildlife — think California sea lions, whales and birds of all sorts, and plenty more. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Built in 1974 through generous donations from Parisian Stores and the Alabama Zoological Society, the California sea lion habitat is now out of date. Greg Garrison | , al, 18 Apr. 2023

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First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of California sea lion was in 1859

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“California sea lion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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