Code Orange

When you visit the Sea Lion Center, you'll occasionally spot sea lions sporting tags of various colors. Marine mammals are marked for identification in order to track and study them. These tags are plastic and color-coded to denote geographic location where the animal was tagged, gender, or species.

This past week, a sea lion with an orange tag was was seen basking in the sun. Orange tags are especially heartening in that they indicate a successful rescue and release from The Marine Mammal Center based in Sausalito.

Marine mammal rehabilitation hospitals like The Marine Mammal Center tag their rehabilitated patients that are released back to the wild with orange tags only.  Sea lions are tagged on their front flippers. Seals are tagged on their hind flippers. The Center tags male animals on the left flipper and females on the right flipper.
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.