Australian sea lions are non-migratory , so they live and breed on sandy beaches near their birth site in relatively large colonies. The greatest distance recorded for a tagged animal has been 300km from its birth site (Jefferson, 1993). During times of tumultuous weather, they will often travel inland to seek shelter in dunes and coastal vegetation (Riedman 1990). Unlike many pinnipeds, Australian sea lions are very capable out of the water, and have been found as far as 9.4 km inland (Nowak, 1999). Many have been found at the tops of cliffs as high as 30 meters, as they are also excellent climbers.
In the water, Neophoca cinerea has been seen at depths up to 40 meters (Nowak, 1999).
Range elevation: 30 (high) m.
Range depth: 40 (high) m.
Habitat Regions: temperate ; terrestrial ; saltwater or marine
Terrestrial Biomes: desert or dune
Aquatic Biomes: reef ; coastal
- Jefferson, T., S. Leatherwood, M. Webber. 1993. Marine Mammals of the World. Italy: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
- Nowak, R. 1999. Walker's Mammals of the World. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Riedman, M. 1990. The Pinnepeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses. CA: University of California Press.