There is a reason that sea lions are named after one of the most powerful big cats in the animal kingdom.
Despite most famously being known for getting eaten by great whites and for their leading roles in countless viral airborne shark attack videos, sea lions are formidable predators in their own right.
Reaching lengths of up to 8 feet and tipping the scales at over 200 pounds they typically swim at about 18 mph and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 35 mph. They also have a voracious appetite, routinely consuming 15 – 35 pounds of food in a single feeding session. They typically eat fish, squid, clams, and crabs. They are also known to frequently eat seals.
Though closely related, differences in their anatomy and physiology as well as some varying behavioral traits mean that sea lions and seals are two distinctly separate species. For example, sea lions have external ear flaps and the ability to walk on land using their front flippers. Sea lions also have much louder vocalizations than seals. Seals are also smaller, and to my knowledge a sea lion has never been married to Heidi Klum.
This particular sea lion was just out here snacking on someone in the crowd’s leftover french fries though. That was until a sea gull tried to steal the soggy, salty, fried potato stick. Not a smart move for the bird. It literally got it’s head ripped off for messing with the sea lions snack.
It wasn’t a clean bite either, that poor bird got shook around like a dirty gym sock in a big dog’s mouth.