According to Sea Lion World, “The technical name for the South American Sea Lion is actually the Patagonian Sea Lion. However, you will rarely hear people or books refer to it that way.” So, I’ll be one of the exceptions. The males are huge compared to their female counterparts, as you can see from the photo below. They can be up to nine feet long and weigh 800 pounds.

These Patagonian Sea Lions were photographed on the rocks at the edge of Parque Nacional Hornopirén. They seem to be totally at ease living in close quarters with the Turkey Vultures that are plentiful in the area around Hornopirén, Chile.


If there are multiple photos in this post, the following EXIF data is for the first photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 2 January, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 187mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

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