Sea Lions in Peninsula Valdes

Ramiro Rodriguez
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Peninsula Valdes is an amazing place to enjoy sealife: Whales, Penguins, Elephant Seals, Birds, Orcas, and... Sea Lions. Called in Spanish eon Marino or Lobo Marino, this animal has leonine physiognomy. The adult males have a robust head, with a dense mane that also covers the neck and part of the chest, hence the name of sea lions. Food: fish, squid, and crustaceans. 

Food: fish, squid, and crustaceans
Maximum registered depth: 120 meters
Maximum apnea recorded: 8 minutes.

 

 

The coloration of adults varies from brown to light yellowish-brown. Newborns are black until the first molt, which occurs at the month of life, in which they adopt a dark brown color.

 

 

Snorkelling with Sea Lions in Peninsula Valdes

Love sea lions? You can enjoy Snorkelling with Sea Lions! Click on the image below!

 

 

 

Colonies of Sea Lions: General information

The groups of males begin to occupy the reproductive colonies from the month of December, to occupy a territory that they defend aggressively while they wait for the arrival of the females that occurs within the following days. These aggressions between males occur with poor physical contact and consist mainly of threatening postures and roars. Each male obtains a harem that does not exceed 10 females, although females “steal” each other, sometimes causing serious injuries to the female and sometimes ending the life of the female or of a puppy that was left in the middle of the fight. The females stop their young within a few days of arriving and are again receptive a week after delivery when they are copulated by the males who successfully occupied a place in the colony. The reproductive activities of the colony end towards the end of February, when only the females remain with the young they are breastfeeding for about 8 months.

The old and very young males who were defeated by the alpha males in the territorial struggle are grouped in the periphery or surroundings of the colonies and one of the behaviors they show is the “kidnapping of females” to which they arrive from the colony to a nearby coast where they are retained in order to copulate with them, although they were generally already pregnant by the Haren alpha male. Sometimes old or sub-adult males kidnap the female and the young follow them, although the male does not allow the mother to take care of the puppy, which usually dies of hunger.

Finding a couple of lone sea lions on the beaches near Puerto Pirámides and outside the breeding colony, we are undoubtedly witnessing a "kidnapping."

Length Males: 2.80 meters
Females: 2.20 meters
Young at birth: between 80 and 90 cm
Weight Males: 350 Kg
Females: 150 Kg
Young at birth: between 10 and 15 Kg

Watch sea lions in Peninsula Valdes

Enjoy a wonderful excursion to learn more about these incredible animals, from Puerto Madryn. Click on the image below

Tours to enjoy Sea Lions and other sealife in Peninsula Valdes

See some amazing tours we prepared to include Peninsula Valdes and Puerto Madryn in your visit to Argentina. Check below, it´s one of my favorites!

It´s not what are you looking for? Well, we have many available tours. Take a look to our complete list of tours to visit Peninsula Valdes and Patagonia by clicking here!

For more information, just contact us, or visit you can also visit our website in www.peninsulavaldes.com with complete information about this amazing destination

Thank you,

Ramiro Rodriguez
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