Posts tagged ‘Blubber’

What is a sea lion?

Sea lions are really a kind of eared seal.  They are the trained seals we see in many circus acts.  Sea lions are really a king of seal.  In fact, the familiar “trained seals” we seen in circus sets are actually sea lions.

In the United States, sea lions live along the Pacific coast.  They are powerful swimmers and divers, and spend much time in the water.

A thick layer of fat, called blubber, helps keep them warm, while the lungs hold enough air to permit staying under water several minutes.

They are aided in swimming by paddle-like limbs called flippers.  True sea lions have longer flippers than most seals.

Sea Lion

Unlike the other seals, who must wriggle on their bellies on land, sea lions can use all four limbs for walking.  Young sea lions are born on land and must learn to swim.

Naturally playful, these intelligent and active animals learn easily and can be trained to do such tricks as juggling balls on the end of their noses and blowing horns.  – Dick Rogers

What does a walrus use its tusks for?

A walrus is a large seallike animal that lives in the cold North, near the edge of the polar ice.

A walrus can be most easily recognized by its white, daggerlike tusks that never


stop growing.  The tusks are really two overgrown teeth that curve downward from the mustached upper tip.

Some walruses have tusks three feet long.

Walruses feed on clams and other shellfish which they rake from the sandy ocean floor with their long tusks.  They crack the shells with their strong back teeth.

The tusks also make good weapons against polar bears enemies of the walrus, or as grappling hooks to help the bulky walrus pull itself over the slippery ice.

Walruses prefer to spend much of their time sunning themselves while drifting about on pack ice.

A thick layer of oily fat, or blubber, beneath its wrinkled skin helps protect the walrus from the freezing cold. – Dick Rogers