Californian sea lions
Deltapark Neeltje Jans is the home of three Californian sea lions, named Jack, Levi and Clint.
What is a sea lion?
A sea lion, just like a human, elephant and dog or cat that you may have at home, is a mammal. That means sea lions have skeletons. They’re warm-blooded with a temperature of about 37 degrees. Sea lions also have lungs like humans and don’t have gills, so they have to breathe above water. Sea lions can stay underwater much longer than we can. Depending on the species, this can be range from fifteen minutes to half an hour longer.
A sea lion is called sea lion because the males, like lions, have long hairs on their necks. Although the sea lion does not look like your average dog or the neighbour’s dog, a sea lion’s baby is called a pup, just like any common dog.