These Galapagos Island animals "Sea lions" and "Fur sea lions" have some basic differences.
The two pinniped species that inhabit this Archipelago are the Galapagos Sea Lions and the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions.
While the two are resident species, both came from opposite origins; northern and southern latitudes, respectively.
While the two species inhabit the shores of these volcanic islands, both have striking differences. These are mostly behavioral and physical.
Galapagos tours from well known travel companies will visit several Galapagos Sites that will offer you incredible encounters with colonies of both species.
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The most common of these animals in Galapagos will be the Galapagos Sea Lion, but as you explore coastlines, looking into crevices, lava tubes, and irregular cuts, you will be able to find the other species.
The Galapagos Fur Sea Lion (incorrectly called fur seal, as there are no true seals in Galapagos) is an endemic species to the Islands, and prefers rocky coastlines. Beaches are usually not part of their regular living habitat.
Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lions, on the other hand, live in both types of habitat. Fur sea lions carry a heavy coat; an outer layer of fur, and an under fur.
With all that heavy coat, would you consider a beach for resting? Probably not.
Thus, fur sea lions prefer areas with lots of shade, and with easy exposure to sea access.
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At times, both species of these Galapagos animals are seen within the same area, and they even play aqua-aerobics, but of course do not interbreed. There are many pre-mating isolating barriers that prevent interbreeding.
GALAPAGOS SEA LIONS
GALAPAGOS FUR SEA LIONS
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