Sea Lions vs. Seals

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between sea lions and seals?  Here are some facts about their differences:
  • Sea lions have large fore flippers that they use to propel themselves in the water and that enable them to walk on all fours on land.
  • Seals have very small fore flippers. They use their hind flippers to move through the water, relying on stomach muscles to crawl on land.
  • Seals have no ear flaps, only small ear holes that are not always visible
  • Seals have small holes on the sides of their heads.
  • The fur of sea lions is a solid color.
  • The fur of a seal is often spotted.
  • Sea lions have smooth whiskers.
  • Seals have beaded or crimped whiskers.
The average life span of a California Sea Lion is 20–25 years.
Sea Lions are considered “opportunistic feeders,” eating available prey rather than one species.