Sea Lions in Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan receives the visit of the Californian Sea Lions every winter. They spend their time on a small island in the bay, declared ecological reserve and refuge of marine migratory birds, and other flora and fauna.

Mazatlan receives the visit of the Californian Sea Lions every winter. They spend their time on a small island in the bay, declared ecological reserve and refuge of marine migratory birds, and other flora and fauna.

You will find a large colony of Sea Lions on Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island or Turtle Rock) in Mazatlan Bay, during the winter months. This is the only place in the area where they stay. You can reach it only by boat with a professional guide.

The Californian Sea Lions are protected, thus cannot be hunted, captured, chased or disturbed. Mazatlan offers them a safe place to relax during the winter. These mammals are very sociable, you will see them play, even jumping out of the water as dolphins. You can easily recognize the male from the female sea lion as the male is much bigger ( 800 pounds ) with a bump on the top of the head. The female weights an average of 250 pounds. The Californian Sea Lions are fast swimmers, and can reach speed up to 25 mph thanks to their long flippers. They are also very vocal and bark like dogs.

The trained "seals" in zoos and aquariums are usually Californian Sea Lions. You can visit El Acuario in Mazatlan, located one block from the Seawalk and halfway between the Golden Zone and downtown Mazatlan.

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