Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Hooker's Sea Lions

They live on beaches and the colour of their skin turns pale brown then into blackish brown when they get older. Their safe place is under a Rata tree.

Did you know when they turn a year old they leave their mothers for good! The Sea Lion weighs about 400 kg and the pups are born in December. The pups play with other animals and when they get hungry they go to their mother. The mothers teach their pups how to get food.

The female sea lions have a much lighter coat than the males.

Sea Lions stay under a Rata tree to protect them from the wind when they are on the beach. Sharks kill a lot of Sea Lions in December but those sea lions that survive will return to the Auckland Islands.

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