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Fur Seals Eared Seals and Sea Lions: Otariidae

Physical Characteristics

Otariids, eared seals, have streamlined, smooth, bodies that allow them to move easily through water. A layer of blubber, or fat, provides insulation. The dog-like head has small external flaps for ears. Long whiskers are sensors for finding food and alerting against predators. Flippers can be turned forward for walking on land. In water, the front flippers function as oars, while the back flippers steer and provide balance. Males are two to four times larger than females.

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Animal Life ResourceMammalsFur Seals Eared Seals and Sea Lions: Otariidae - Physical Characteristics, Conservation Status, Antarctic Fur Seal (arctocephalus Gazella:): Species Accounts, California Sea Lion (zalophus Californianus): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET