Seals are known as ocean animals found in coastal waters all over the world. They have smooth, streamlined bodies. Instead of legs and feet, they have flippers for swimming.
Seals are known as ocean animals found in coastal waters all over the world. They have smooth, streamlined bodies. Instead of legs and feet, they have flippers for swimming. Seals travel and find their food in water, but because they are warm blooded animals, they spend time on land too. They return to the land to breed in spots called rookeries.
Like all mammals, seals have hair which is still and undercoats are sparse or absent. Others may have soft dense undercoats and still guard hair.
Seals are carnivores which means they can eat fish and other sea animals like mollusks, crustaceans, and sometimes, seabirds. They are intelligent and rather easily trained.
There are two large orders of seals., those with external ears and those without. Eared seals include the sea lions as well as the fur seals.
A northern male sea lion may weight 1700 pounds. The California sea lion weighs half of that or less. Females of the California species are the ones trained for circuses.
Fur seals are about the size of California sea lions, but they have dense undercoats. Sea lions and fur seals are polygamous. One large male has a harem of about forty smaller females. The female has one pup a year.
Eared seal are not well suited for aquatic life as the non eared group. They tend to stay along the shore unless migrati and frequently come ashore to rest. Their hind flippers are adapted for walking on land.