All About Seals
Pinnipeds, commonly known as seals, are a widely distributed and diverse clade of carnivorous, fin-footed, semiaquatic marine mammals.
Seals range in size from the 1 m (3 ft 3 in) and 45 kg (99 lb) Baikal seal to the 5 m (16 ft) and 3,200 kg (7,100 lb) southern elephant seal, which is also the largest carnivoran. Several species exhibit sexual dimorphism. They have streamlined bodies and four limbs that are modified into flippers. Though not as fast in the water as dolphins, seals are more flexible and agile.
At Dubai Dolphinarium we have the Northern Fur Seals & South American Fur Seals. Want to know more about them? Here are some facts about seals!
If you think you already know all about the seals, then these awesome facts about them will prove you wrong!
How long do seals live for?
Seals can live up to 25 years
How many different species of seals are there?
There are 33 species of seals in total.
How long can seals hold their breath for?
Some seals can hold their breath for nearly two hours underwater by conserving oxygen. A seal has a clear membrane that covers its eyes underwater. In addition, its nostrils close and blood circulation to most of its organs is reduced while diving.
How do seals communicate?
Seals make growls and grunts underwater. Females and pups often call to each other.
How do seals keep warms?
Seals are insulated from the cold by a thick layer of blubber & fur.
How often do seals give birth & how do they look after their babies?
A female seal, called a cow, gives birth to one pup about once a year on land. The pups are nursed between 4 days and 1 month. Most mother seals don't eat themselves while nursing relying mainly on blubber stores for nutrition. After weaning her pup, she will have to regain her weight.
How do seals sleep?
Seals can sleep underwater. They can even surface to breathe without waking up.
Why do seals have whiskers?
They have whiskers to detect prey. Seals are able to judge the size of an object using their whiskers.
Well leave other details to make you ponder about why seeing these seals in Dubai Dolphinarium should be in your bucket list.
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