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Zalophus californianus (California Sea Lion) is a species of mammals in the family eared seals. They are associated with freshwater habitat. They are native to Pacific Ocean and The Nearctic. They are omnivores. Individuals are known to live for 360 months and can grow to 2.4 m. Reproduction is viviparous. They have parental care (female provides care). They rely on lift powered swimming to move around.

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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/lift_based_swimming
  • Definition: Hydrofoils, or fins, are used to push against the water to create a normal force to provide thrust, propelling the animal through water. The reduction of fin cross-sectional area helps to minimize drag, and therefore increase efficiency. Regardless of size of the animal, at any particular speed, maximum possible lift is proportional to (wing area) x (speed)<sup>2</sup>. Dolphins and whales have large, horizontal caudal hydrofoils, while many fish and sharks have vertical caudal hydrofoils.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of California Sea Lion. View this species on GBIF