Seals Versus Seal Lions Explained

Dive into the depths of the ocean, and you’ll encounter the charismatic residents of the sea – seals and sea lions.

While these marine mammals often share the spotlight

they’re distinct in many aspects

from their scientific names to their habitats and behaviors

Let’s start with the basics

Seals and sea lions belong to the same scientific order, Pinnipedia, but their family names set them apart.

Seals are part of the Phocidae family, embracing the likes of the common seal and harbor seal

while sea lions belong to the Otariidae family, showcasing the impressive California sea lion and Steller sea lion

The nuances in their names lay the foundation for the diverse characteristics that define these marine mammals.

Picture a sunbathing harbor seal, and then envision a sea lion gracefully gliding through the waves.

The disparities in their appearances and behaviors are as striking as the ocean is deep.

There is still more to learn about these incredible creatures!

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