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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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,, "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,, "More trophy trout stocked in northwest Oregon," 23 Feb. 2018 That combination attracts an array of marine birds, harbor seals and sea lions. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Bodega Bay," 27 May 2018 The river has seen an unusual influx this winter of large, sturgeon-eating Steller sea lions. Bill Monroe,, "More trophy trout stocked in northwest Oregon," 23 Feb. 2018 The barcodes also suggested the early New Zealanders hunted fur seals, sea lions, and elephant seals. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Ancient seafarers may have hunted whales around the world," 10 July 2018 Dolphins ram their heads into the sides of pools, and sea lion pups try to nurse from each other instead of adult females. David Scharfenberg,, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018

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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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