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Unformatted text preview: Notes on Marine Mammals Marine Mammals Pinnipeds • They are predators that usually like to hunt for fish and squid • Pinnepeds have blubber, which a thick layer of fat under the skin that helps keeps them warm. • They have streamlined bodies and flippers used for swimming • Most of them live in cold water, but pinnipeds have to breed on land. • Examples of pinnipeds: seals, sea lions, walruses Seals o Seals are the largest group of pinnipeds o Seals swim by primarily using their rear flippers On land, their rear flippers don’t allow them to walk The seals, instead, have to use their front flippers o The elephant seal is the largest pinniped Sea lions • The difference between sea lions and true seals is that sea lions have external ears • They can also use their rear flippers to walk, allowing them to use all four limbs...
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course BSC BSC1005 taught by Professor Orlando,rebecca during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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