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Pinniped seal or "fin-feet" are large marine mammals belonging to the
former biological suborder Pinnipedia of the order Carnivora.
The pinnipeds now fall within the suborder Caniformia and comprise
the following families:
- Odobenidae - walruses
- Otariidae - sea lions, eared seals, and fur seals
- Phocidae - true seals
can hold their breath for nearly 2 hours underwater
To keep warm in cold waters, pinnipeds have a layer of blubber under their
skin -which also provides buoyancy. The thickness of the blubber depends on the
species. Their blubber can also provide food for the animal.
- Newborn pinnipeds have no blubber.
All pinnipeds are carnivorous, eating fish, shellfish, squid, and other
marine creatures. Most are generalist feeders, but some are specialists.
- Ross Seals and Southern elephant seals mainly feed on squid.
- Crabeater seals eat mostly krill
- Ringed seals feed almost exclusively on crustaceans
- Walrus consumes molluscan prey items by sucking the soft parts from the
Recent molecular analysis reveals that the
closest living relatives of the pinnipeds are the bears, which was already
suspected for some time.
An alternative hypothesis held that pinnipeds are
polyphyletic, with the true seals derived from otter like creatures and the
walruses and eared seals from bear like creatures, but the aforementioned
molecular study established that the pinnipeds are indeed monophyletic -derived
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