sea lion

noun

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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Curious sea lions and other seal species often become entangled in ocean debris like fishing equipment, as well as plastic bags and packing bands. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach," 31 May 2018 Snowcapped green mountains, black sand beaches, and steaming volcanoes make up the scenery, along with strikingly diverse wildlife, from sea lions to brown bears to majestic Steller’s sea eagles. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The water is crystal clear, making it a perfect place to swim on a sweltering summer day, and a great S.C.U.B.A. spot where sea lions are known to swim around with you. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Beaches in Los Angeles," 28 Feb. 2018 Take advantage of the swag on excursions like a trip to the sea lion colonies at Seal Bay, the island’s oldest lighthouse, or formidable rock formations. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Off-the-Grid Hotels for When You Really Want to Escape," 4 Dec. 2017 Take a day trip to Resurrection or Kachemak Bay or an overnighter to Prince William Sound to observe whales, otters, sea lions, glaciers and towering peaks. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Want to get off the beaten path in Alaska? Get on the water instead," 2 May 2018 Other animals and wildlife to keep an eye out for while on the water include sea otters, Stellar sea lions, orcas, and fin, gray, humpback, minke and sei whales. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Kenai Fjords National Park: 10 tips to make the most of your visit," 11 Apr. 2018 SeaWorld San Diego is doubling down on its animal exhibits by introducing this summer several new up-close encounters — from whales, seals and sea otters to flamingos, walruses and sea lions. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SeaWorld debuts up-close encounters with otters, seals, flamingos — for a charge," 20 June 2018 Oregon and Washington have permission to kill offending sea lions, but only those proven to target salmon and steelhead. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "More trophy trout stocked in northwest Oregon," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sea lion

1697, in the meaning defined above

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sea lion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sea lion

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

sea lion

noun

Kids Definition of sea lion

: a large seal of the Pacific Ocean

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