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Pinnipeds

Pinnipeds

Sea Lions, Seals & Walruses

The scientific order, Pinnipedia, consist of seals, sea lions, and walruses. The word pinnipedia means fin or feather footed. All members of this order are expert divers and have four swimming flippers. They can hear and see well on land and in water and are able to withstand large temperature changes. Here at Miami Seaquarium® we have Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions.
 

Seals

Sea Lions

Swim using back flippers

Swim using front flippers

Steer using front flippers

Swim using back flippers

No external ear flaps

External ear flaps

Spotted or mottled coat color

Solid coat color

On land, bounce on stomach

On land, walk on all flippers

 

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