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Swim with Sea Lions in Dolphin Discovery

Laugh out loud like never before with sea lions’ tricks!

Sea lions are highly intelligent, social, cute and funny animals that can be trained to do different behaviors such as throwing and catching balls on their noses, clapping, or blowing horns to generate a type of “melody”. Interacting and swimming with them will make you learn more about their life, habitat and blasting personality.

Sea lions programs are usually located in natural environments, therefore you will be the guest in their own world, but they will welcome you with amusing tricks and smacky kisses.

There are few places in the world where you can have this experience, but if you are lucky enough to swim with them; most programs include a small kind of show with funny and amazing behaviors.

Live this experience through Sea Life Discovery Plus program at the Riviera Maya and Isla Mujeres!

About Sea Lions

Sea lions, belonging to the Otariidae family as seals, are fin-footed marine mammals, characterized by their slender body, external flaps, pointed muzzle with whiskers, long frontal flippers and other two that are attached giving the aspect of a tail, a brownish colored short fur, a very funny way of walking, noisy barking-like noise and a totally playful attitude.

Some sea lions can grow up to 300 kg and are about 2.5 meters long, and curiously, contrary to manatees, sea lion females are significantly smaller, being 90kg and 2 meters long.

Their habitat may extremely vary, from subarctic to tropical waters, found in both, the North and South hemispheres. They are quite intelligent and can easily adapt to human environments. Some sea lions’ species are docile for training and have an incredible capacity to entertain and make everyone laugh.

  • Some Sea Lions have been trained by the U.S. Navy to perform tasks like ship and seaport protection and equipment recovery.
  • A large crest of bone grows on the male's head as they reach sexual maturity.
  • Pups are born dark, and when they are dry they look purple.
  • Females are lighter in color and smaller than males.
  • They eat a variety of seafood, but mainly squid and fish.
  • Someetimes they help dolphins giving birth, sharks and other predators when hunting large schools of fish.
  • They travel at an estimated speed of 10.8 km/h.
  • For breeding the male's size is a key factor because the winner of the fight mates with a female.
  • The bigger the male the blubber he can store and the longer he can wait staying on the rookery to increase their chances of breeding.
  • There can be 15 females for one male.
  • The females have a 12-month reproductive cycle, giving birt in early to mid-June.
  • Sea Lions are the only mammals whose milk does not contain lactose.