How to Draw a Sea Lion

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sea Lion in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Sea Lion.

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How to Draw a Sea Lion - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start your sea lion by drawing the head. The sea lion's head and neck are very long and wide, and the head gets narrower toward the mouth. For the mouth draw a long, straight line, but make the lips rounded.

Step 2: Next, draw the eye and the nose. For the eye, draw an oval near the top of the head. For the nose, draw a smaller oval near the end. Did you know? Sea lions can hold their breath under water for about 20 minutes!

Step 3: Now draw one of the flippers. The flipper is thick and curved on the top and very flat on the bottom.

Step 4: Now draw the other flipper. Sea lions can use these flippers to swim up to 22 miles per hour and dive as deep as one thousand feet into the water! They also use these flippers to walk.

Step 5: For your last step, draw the rest of the body and the tail. For the tail, draw a long line down the sea lion's back and then curve it around at the bottom. Now think about coloring your sea lion--they are dark brown--and adding some water and land to your picture.

Interesting Facts about Sea Lions

Sea lions are marine mammals. There are two types of seals, true seals and eared seals. Sea lions are eared seals. There are seven species of sea lions, and all of them are endangered.

Did you know?

  • Sea lions can swim up to 22 miles per hour and dive as deep as 1,000 feet into the water.
  • Sea lions have four flippers that they use to walk.
  • When baby sea lions are born, it takes them about two weeks to learn how to swim.
  • Underwater, sea lions can hold their breath for about 20 minutes.
  • In the wild, the sea lion’s lifespan is about 10 to 15 years. In captivity, they live to be about 25 to 35 years old.
  • The ancestors of seal lions were similar to bears.
  • The California sea lion is the species that you would most likely see at a zoo or aquarium.

Male sea lions, called bulls, weigh up to 800 pounds, and can be as long as 9 feet. Female sea lions, called cows, weigh up to 400 pounds, and they can be as long as 6 feet. Baby sea lions, called pups, usually weigh about 15 pounds at birth.