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A member of the suborder Pinnipedia, aquatic carnivorous mammals with all four limbs modified into flippers (for example, seal, walrus).
[L. pinna, feather (wing), + pes (ped-), foot]


member of the mammal family of Pinnipedia, including seals, sealions, walruses. Their bodies are fishlike, covered with hair, have four limbs and can move around on land. Their tails are vestigial.

pinniped stranding
the largely unexplained migrational phenomenon of cetaceans and pinnipeds in which the animals swim into shallow water and up onto land from where they are unable or unwilling to depart. Single strandings may be due to disease. Multiple strandings may similarly result from illness in the leader of the pod. They are also known to occur in specific locations where the local land appears to confuse the whales' direction-finding ability.
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La femme ouvre un phoque avec son propre couteau, caracterise par une lame tres convexe, l'ulu.
L'ours blanc devorant un phoque (no 17) le fait sur la batture de glace ou, etant donne la saison, sur un floe, naviguant pas trop au large, car il est rejoint par l'Esquimau.
On ne joue pas non plus avec l'animal, comme le rappellerait une sculpture d'un ours tuant un phoque avec un bloc de glace (Information North 1986).
Si les oiseaux et les phoques semblent apprecier ce nouveau havre de paix gracieusement offert par Mere nature, la presse allemande a elle aussi reagi avec enthousiasme a cette annonce : "Qui donc a besoin d'une Ele artificielle sur les cotes de Dubai ?
The pivotal moment for the start of public support for protest against the hunt came when the French language CBC broadcast a film in 1964 on the seal hunt entitled Les Phoques de la Barquise.