Facts about Pinnipeds
There are about 33 extant species of pinnipeds. They are colored in various patterns and colors. Also, they possess tweak whiskers, just like mice and cats, used as tactile sensors called vibrissae. They have four flippers on their body, and have an excellent sense of hearing.
The offspring are called pups, but the offspring of walruses are called calves. Pinnipeds survive in the womb for 8 to 16 months, depending on the species. All the pinnipeds are carnivorous mammals, and are highly specialized to exploit an aquatic habitat. They feed on aquatic animals, like clams, fish, crustaceans, etc.
|Difference Between Seals and Sea Lions|
|Have ear holes, and no external ear||Have ear flaps|
|Have whiskers that are cramped up or bearded||Have long, smooth whiskers|
|Have short, hairy front flippers and long claws||Have long, hairless front flippers|
|Swim by maneuvering with front flippers and boosting ahead with hind flippers||Swim using their front flippers just like the wings of a bird|
|They keep their hind flippers jutting out, and move around on land by wiggling on their belly||Their hind flippers are used to push them on land|
Other Differences Between Sea Lions and Seals
Want to differentiate these animals from each other in a jiffy? Check out the shape of their heads. Sea lions have external ears that are small flaps. You can resemble it to cat ears. Seals don't have flaps (this doesn't mean they are deaf). They have tiny ear-holes on either sides of their heads.
With the kind of fin described briefly in the given table, you can consider seals to prefer the water and sea lions to lean a bit more towards the land. Seals really have a hard time moving on land with those fins. Thus, fins act as a key variation in these two species.