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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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Similar to the Ballard Locks, the Bonneville Dam acts as a barrier for the passing salmonids, which when congregated at the base of the dam are especially susceptible to pinniped predation.
In addition, no annual trend was detected for balaenopterids, pygmy sperm whales, dwarf sperm whales, non-Kogia pelagic odontocetes, or non-Phoca pinnipeds.
5-7,9,17,19,28,35-37) This, however, would be the first recorded influenza epizootic affecting both pinnipeds and cetaceans and could indicate either an independent, yet simultaneous, introduction of novel influenza virus into both species or an important cross-species transmission.
Like all marine mammals, pinnipeds produce milk that is rich in fat and protein, which is important for rapid tissue growth.
Almost all the large species of cetaceans and many smaller ones, many species of pinnipeds, and all sirenians were reduced to very small numbers.
Improving pinniped diet analyses through identification of multiple skeletal structures in fecal samples.
Pinniped population dynamics in central California: correlations with sea surface temperature and upwelling indices.
The energetics of male reproduction in an aquatically mating pinniped, the harbour seal.
As the majority of our planet's commercial fisheries approach crisis or collapse, some industry spokespersons have called for a quick-fix solution -- the culling (slaughter) of cetaceans and pinnipeds.
As sea lions return to the Channel Islands, rangers are keeping an eye out for the bull, whose Goliath proportions and lady-killing tendencies make him the pinniped equivalent of King Henry VIII.
The reports by Federova (1985) and Veniaminov (1840) are important for the general understanding of the settlement of Alaska by Russian hunters and fur traders, the structure of pinniped and sea otter harvests, the number of vessels, types of transportation used by the indigenous people, and the administration of the huge region concerned.
Sharks can see as well as humans, including colors, so they're unlikely to mistake a surfer on a board for a pinniped.