30 May '17, 6pm

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion?

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion?

They’re two of the ocean’s most recognizable—and adorable—residents. But can you tell seals and sea lions apart? Let’s start with the basics. Seals and sea lions are both in the suborder pinnipedia, a group of fin-footed mammals that also includes walruses. All pinnipeds have broad torsos and narrow hips that help them remain streamlined underwater. You can find pinnipeds all over the world, from walruses in the chilly Arctic to Hawaiian monk seals in the balmy Pacific. But here is where the differences begin to arise. Although the term “seal” can technically apply to the 32 species we refer to as seals and as sea lions, the family Otariidae includes fur seals and sea lions, where family Phicodae includes “true” seals. Yes, it’s confusing. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the ears. True seals have ear holes, where sea lions have small flaps covering their e...

Full article: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/02/24/how-to-tell-...

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