Marine Mammals
Marine mammals spend the majority of their lives in or near the sea and include pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), cetaceans (dolphins and whales) and sea otters. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provides habitat for breeding populations of four species of pinnipeds (California sea lions, northern fur seals, harbor seals and northern elephant seals). About 30 species of cetaceans have been observed in the sanctuary and 18 of these are considered residents.

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