Sea lion is a type of animal that eats meat and fish or in zoologist terms called carnivores. Sea lions can live in climates, with tropical temperature ranges or even some sea lions can live in freezing climates. Often for this type of animal will be grouping and also it used to hunt a food. As we know in natural law and the food chain those who hunt will one day be hunted too. Sea lions have natural hunters such as killer whales, humans and sharks. This phenomenon also applies to predators of sea lions California such as the presence of predators below:
- Hunting by human
In California, as the city with the largest population of sea lions in America because sea lions there only have predators who are at sea. Following the law in force in America, especially in California that humans as predators on land have been banned from hunting these animals. The regulation states that sea lions are endangered animals and must be protected. For California citizens or people who commit violations, fines will be given.
Human predators are restricted by California law. Now we will further discuss two predators other than humans, namely killer whale and shark.
- The killer whale predation on stellar sea lions
The sea lions that live at sea will be faced with fierce predators such as killer whale. The killer whale is more often targeting pups sea lions separated by his entourage. Sea lions pups are more vulnerable to prey by killer whales because they do not have the speed and ability when swimming or when defending from killer whale by going ashore.
As with other types of sea lions, pups stellar sea lions will be powerless against killer whales in the sea. Unluckily, their ability to adapt is still lacking when compared to teen or adult stellar sea lions. Therefore, the role of humans to make asylum on stellar sea lions can reduce the extinction of stellar sea lions.
- Sea lions vs shark
In the food chain, sharks occupy positions as predators of sea lions. However, surprising facts occur between sea lions and thresher sharks. The shark which initially held the peak of a predator in this phase became hunted. In this phase it is very much influenced by body size between thresher sharks or sea lions. In this phase also animals with a larger size will dominate the battle between predators and prey.
From the description above about sea lions predators, there are 3 main predators namely:
- Humans can be overcome by the existence of regulations made by the government. The law aims to reduce the extinction of sea lions. The law is the best thing in suppressing the problem of the extinction of sea lions.
- Killer whale predations can be suppressed by the presence of an asylum system for sea lions either in the form of creating artificial ecosystems or by making censorship of the movement of sea lions groups to facilitate the mapping of their habit.
- The last predator threat or it can also act from predators to become prey. In this case the position of sea lions or thresher sharks applies the law of the jungle, i.e the strong will survive.