The Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) is a species of sea lion that exclusively breeds on the Galápagos Islands and – in smaller numbers – on Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). Being fairly social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the "welcoming party" of the islands.
... The majority of the Galápagos population is protected, as the islands are a part of the Ecuadorian National Park surrounded by a marine resources reserve ... Although the Galápagos Islands are a popular tourist destination, strict rules protect all wildlife from disturbance ... Fluctuating between 20,000 and 50,000 sea lions, the population does have a few threats ...
... The California sea lion was described by René Primevère Lesson, a French naturalist, in 1828 ... It is grouped with other sea lions and fur seals in the family Otariidae ... Along with the Galapagos sea lion and the extinct Japanese sea lion, the California sea lion belongs to the genus Zalophus, which derives from the Greek words za, meaning "intensive," and ...
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