Posts tagged ‘Flippers’

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 are fur seals?

Fur Seal

Everyone recognizes a seal as a sleek sea animal with webbed, paddle-like limbs called flippers.

Fur seals are seals that have thick coats of silky fur, such as the northern fur seal.  Northern fur seals are big.

A large bull (male) may be six feet long and weigh 500 pounds or more.

Like most kinds of seals, fur seals live in the ocean.   Seal makes its home mostly on the small islands in the Bering Sea.

In autumn the seals leave these islands and swim south, almost to the northern border of Mexico, and then return the following spring.

During the entire 5,000-mile round trip, the seals never come ashore unless injured or sick.

At one time so many fur seals were killed for their valuable fur that there was danger none would be left.  Today, the number of seals has increased because of careful management of seal hunting. – Dick Rogers