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πŸ“Έ by @slatermoorephotography

Sea lion biting into a thresher shark off the coast of California’s Newport Beach.

Sea lions, along with seals and walruses are pinnipeds, which means “fin-footed” in Latin.

Seals and sea lions are closely related and are often confused for one another.

While they do look very similar, there are some considerable differences between the two.

Sea lions are more social animals, seals are often solitary besides a mother raising pups.

Sea lions possess outer ear flaps, where as true seals have no flaps, only the holes of their ears are visible.

Sea lions are able to walk around on land using all four feet, and propel themselves with their longer forelimbs – these adaptations allow them to spend more time on terra firma than in the tropical/temperate waters around them.

Seals on the other hand tend to bounce around and crawl instead of walking on land, as their bodies are more adapted to life in the frigid waters of the arctic.

There are more differences between the two animals, but these the main distinctions.

PS: Thresher sharks are also super cool, but they deserve their own post πŸ™‚ #natureismetal

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