Galapagos Sea Lion

There are roughly 16,000 to 18,000 Galapagos sea lions and since they are endemic to the islands, they are listed as endangered.  They are playful and curious but can be aggressive when protecting their harems.  They are slightly smaller than their California cousins, but still quite large ranging from 59 to 98 inches in length and weighing up to 800 pounds.  The sea lions search and catch sardines, sea bass, grouper and mullets for food but they stay close to the shore away from sharks and orcas.  You can be sure to see the pups any time you go since they breed from May to January.