Have you at one time asked yourself regarding the significant differences between the seals and their so called “second cousins,” no other than the sea lions?
Both of these seals and sea lions, along with the walruses, are pinnipeds, meaning “fin footed” in Latin.
However seals’ furry, usually short front feet— lightly webbed flippers, in fact, having a claw on each tiny toe— appear to be petite as compared to the generally skin-covered, extended fore flippers that the sea lions have.
Secondly, sea lions possess small flaps available for outer ears. An “earless” or even the “true” seals do not possess external ears altogether. One must end up getting very close to notice the very small openings on each sides of a seal’s smooth head.
Thirdly, sea lions are loud. Seals are less noisy, vocalizing through soft grunts.
Fourthly, whereas each species hang out both into and off the water, seals are even more adapted to inhabit the water rather than on land. Despite the fact that their bodies may seem chubby, seals have proven to be smaller and more aquadynamic compared to sea lions. Simultaneously, their back flippers position backward and do not rotate. That makes them really fast through the water yet normal belly crawlers on a terra firma.
Sea lions, on the contrary, can “walk” on land by revolving their back flippers forward and below their large bodies. That is why they are more inclined to be found in aquaria as well as marine shows.
Lastly, seals are way less sociable unlike their sea-lion cousins. They devote a longer time in the water than the sea lions do and consequently often follow solitary existence in the wild, arriving ashore collectively just once a year in order to meet and mate.