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Galapagos Sea Lion

The Galapagos sea lion is found on islands in the Galapagos Archipelago and off the coast of Ecuador where a population has been introduced, they have also been found in Costa Rica. The Galapagos sea lion, Zalophus wollebaeki is the scientific name, is fundamentally a coastal animal and is rarely found more than 16 kilometers out in sea. And these sea lions are now on the endangered species list (proquest.com). I think people should be held accountable for hunting and killing an endangered species and we should use any resource possible to save the Galapagos sea lion.
The population fluctuates between 20,000 and 40,000 animals. A census in 1978 submitted a population size of about 40,000, but a recent survey in 2001 found a 50% decline from this earlier estimate (Alava and Salazar 2006). The running differences might exist between counts over this period, but this decline suggested is cause for serious concern (proquest.com).
The Galapagos sea lion are active during the day and hunt in mostly shallow water, where they feed on fish, octopus, and crustaceans. Sea lions are also capable of making extremely deep dives of up to 200 meters and for 20 minutes or longer, then rapidly surfacing with no ill health effects. When the animals are on shore, the Galapagos sea lions rest on the sands of the beaches and rocky areas in colonies of usually groups of thirty or more (life-sea.blogspot.com). They are extremely social animals and pack together on the shore even when there isn’t enough space (proquest.com).
Each colony is ruled by one “bull” that aggressively defends his territory from other invading males. This territorial activity occurs throughout the year and males hold their territories for only 27 days or so before being displaced by another male. Within this territory the bull has dominance over a group of between 5 and 25 “cows”. The…...

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