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You might hear me before you see me—we’re a pretty loud bunch. https://t.co/Ha8rtVrWH6

Name: California Sea Lion (aka Zalophus californianus) My IUCN status: Least Concern About Me You might hear me before you see me—we’re a pretty loud bunch. We’re one of the noisiest of the pinniped species, which include seals, sea lions and walruses. We will bleat, growl, roar and bark to send warning signals, attract mates and more. Mothers even used specialized calls for their young: when the cow returns from hunting for food, she will vocalize a unique call to her offspring, who will follow the sound of her voice. The cow will smell the pup to make sure it’s the right one, and proceed to feed it. Males use sound to defend their territory, too. We will bark on land and underwater to fend off intruders and show off to other males in the area. Body movements are just as important: we will lunge at other males’ flippers, shake our heads and stare at opponents to send the ...

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