Differences between true seals and sea lions

Sea lions can tuck their back flippers underneath them to walk

 

Seals can’t and look like they are flopping around, this motion is called undulating.

Sea lions swim using their front flippers to push themselves through the water

Seals use their hind flippers

There are other differences as well, but these are the ones related to movement. And now you know!

Video of sea lions Video of seals

What’s the difference between seals & sea lions?

Is this curious animal a sea lion or a seal? What’s the difference, anyway?

It’s a sea lion! Here are some ways you can tell these two types of pinnipeds apart:

Any questions?

Hey guys, what’s over there? 

These sea lions are congregating in the waters of Santa Barbara Island in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary overlaps with Channel Islands National Park, and together, the part and sanctuary protect the ecosystems and organisms of California’s Channel Islands! 

(Photo: Patrick Smith)

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