Do you know what makes a seal and a sea lion similar? What makes them different?
Both a pinnipeds. Pinnipeds are mammals that have flippers and eat meat. They have "goggles" that help them see underwater. They can close their nostrils like a nose plug. They can hold their breath for long periods of time and have blubber under their streamlined bodies to help keep them warm in cold water.
Sea lions have ear flaps like us. Seals do not. This makes it easy to for us to see the differences between them. Sea lions are flexible. They can change the position of their back flippers while they are on land. This feature allows them to "walk". Seals ungulate like a giant worm to move along land. They cannot sit up. Seals have claws on their flippers. Sea lions swim using their front flippers and steer with the rear. Seals are the opposite.
Are they seals or sea lions in this picture? They are sea lions.
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