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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But Cantwell also has recently taken some heat from environmentalists for proposing to allow the shooting of up to 900 sea lions a year on the Columbia River in an effort to protect threatened salmon. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell to face Susan Hutchison in November," 7 Aug. 2018 Remarkably, scientists believe that the creature consumed around a ton of food per day to sustain itself, including whales and other large marine critters like sea lions. Fox News, "Megalodon: Terrifying facts about this prehistoric monster," 9 Aug. 2018 There are pictures and videos of New Zealand sea lions on the USB, which actually are endangered. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Leopard Seal Poops Out USB Drive, Confusing Scientists," 5 Feb. 2019 The third image showed the star smiling down on a sea lion that’s looking up at him from its tank. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson upsets animal rights advocates with pictures from aquarium visit," 6 Aug. 2018 As the Canadians decimate their wild-salmon runs while the seal and sea lion population continue to increase, the imbalance will become worse. WSJ, "Salmon Fare Better on U.S. Side of Border With Canada," 17 Aug. 2018 To him, shooting sea lions or producing more hatchery fish isn’t the answer. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday," 7 Aug. 2018 Midday Drive the 2½ miles around the lagoon — keeping an eye out for sunbathing sea lions, which look like piles of rusty propane tanks — to Stinson Beach. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018 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

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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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