Overview

California Sea Lion- (Zalophus californianus)

Not common in Clayoquot sound, Californian sea lions were rarely seen in large numbers until in 2006 a new haul out was established up Tofino Inlet at Berryman Point. Close to a thousand sea lions gather during fish runs with about 40% being made up of Californian sea lions. Californian sea lions are often seen sharing rock space with the larger Steller sea lions, the presence of Californian sea lions within a group can be easily indentified by their loud dog-like barking when disturbed. Californian sea lions are very smart and can be trained for both entertainment and military purposes.