sea lion


Definition of sea lion

: any of several Pacific eared seals (such as genera Eumetopias and Zalophus) that are usually larger than the related fur seals and lack a thick underfur

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DiRocco has worked eight years at SeaWorld and also works with seals, sea lions, dolphins and otters. Marco Santana,, "SeaWorld pics show rescued baby manatee feeding, as park prepares for years-long rehab," 28 Aug. 2019 The islands boast one of the world’s largest breeding colonies for seabirds, including the rare ashy storm-petrel, and their beaches are covered with lolling sea lions and seals. Laura Newberry,, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 In Cabo San Lucas, swim with whale sharks and supper along with sea lions. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venture on a $150K West Coast Safari With Horse Whispering, Hot Air Balloon Rides," 7 Aug. 2019 On the day of the attack, officers observed a sea lion near the pier acting strangely. Alexa Díaz,, "A sea lion bit a girl at Pismo Beach in a rare attack. Poisonous algae may be to blame," 21 June 2019 So Cook, Rouse and their colleagues decided to try to teach a sea lion named Ronan to dance. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016 Sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions will often pop up in your vicinity. Tom Stienstra,, "The best way to see Monterey? From the water," 6 Sep. 2019 Among the other effects, thousands of young sea lions were stranded on beaches after their mothers were forced to forage further from their rookeries in the Channel Islands off Southern California. Washington Post, "Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast," 5 Sep. 2019 Formal incorporation into Japan came in 1905, when the Japanese Cabinet, seeing a burgeoning business in sea lions, made the islands part of Shimane prefecture to license and tax the hunt. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Why Russia and China are wading into a centuries' old dispute over a tiny island cluster," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of sea lion

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea lion was in 1697

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English Language Learners Definition of sea lion

: a large seal that lives near coasts in the Pacific Ocean

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: a large seal of the Pacific Ocean

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