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I will start by dumping heart warming pics of pups and their mums to get you hooked.
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Weddell seal pup. They live in the antarctic and are earth southernmost mammal.
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Antarctic furseal pup and mum, if I'm not wrong.
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Godamn I was wrong, they are steller sea lions !
Those are antarctic furseal pups. As you can see, the white one is leucistic : it has a pigmentation default, but that makes it even cuter.
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More sea lions
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Baby ringed seal. Those live in the arctic.
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Harbour seal pup and mum. These seals have a very wide repartition, you can see them on both side of the Atlantic. I'm happy because they started to come back to french beaches in the 80's, and now we have more than 600 of them !
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More antarctic fat blob love (Weddell seals).
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Baby seal in China.
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Harbour seal mom and her young peeping on the surface.
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Another weddell seal pup and its mother.
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And obviously, the mandatory Groenland seal pup pictures.
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Knowing that some canadian moids bashed those adorable and helpless creatures to death is the undisputable proof that scrotes are evil, being only seconded by pickmes who wore their furs to stay ~~fashionable~~.
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look at this loaf-full of cuteness!
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Any human hurting these things should get a lethal injection right away.
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are you the anon that wrote you got unexpectedly interested in seals in 2021 in the nye resolution/last year retrospect board (don't remember which one)
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I don't think so. I think there is 2 of us on this website loving seals. I'd love to meet the other seal anon !
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i hope you meet her too
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Mizore, as a baby with lanugo fur (ringed seal)
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Last one for now so I don't spam. Baikal I think?
This is great news! I'm happy, we will have a lot of fun in this thread!>>178280
It's hard to tell them apart sometimes, especially the juveniles. I think it's a baikal seal too.>>178282
I love the mixed pinguins and seals sounds in the background. What a choir !
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Sealanon, have you seen Song of the Sea? It’s a very cute Irish movie that involves seals.
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Dear sealoving nonnies, there’s this movie that I liked a lot as a child, it has seals, I hope you like it.
Thank you for your sggestions. I will subject my bf to those. I'm sure he will appreciate it.>>178318
It's hard to compare their intelligence, but they are probably on par. Sea lions especially can be easily trained, and are known to have the basics of logical thinking. Knowing that seals can be trained for shows too, even if they're slower and clumsier than sea lions, when out of water. They probably have similar intelligence.
Seals have great eyesight underwater, but thy don't see well from afar when out of water iirc.
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Personally I like looking at the less-aquatic ancestors of aquatic mammals. This is Enaliarctos, an early pinniped.
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And this is the oldest pinniped, Puijila. Looks like an otter. I wonder if otters will evolve into sealy animals if they survive this mass extinction?
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Damn, I want the plushie too… AndI have a japanese shoping service order on the run… It's pretty tempting.>>178478
Male otters are horrendous rapists anon. Don't fall for them. Seals don't rape each other, except elephant seals, because male dimorphism allows them to do so. >>178450
It really looks like a sea bear !
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I'm not surprised about their eyesight, their eyes are special and soulful and look like they were made for underwater sight.>>178532>Seals don't rape each other
Now I like seals even more. Except elephant seals, who need to evolve asap because no wonder the females don't want these uggos.
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Male seals can harass the females during matin season. Male grey seals try to attack the pups sometimes. It depends on the species, obviously, but females manage to get rid of the males without too much effort.
Female groenland seals just have to raise their heads to make the male go away. When a male grey seal try to initiate mating with an unwilling female, they fight them off for few seconds, and males give up to go do scrote shit on the beach (fighting with another male, harassing females etc).
After (goofy) mating, seal couples sleep next to each other in spoon position. It's pretty cute.
Sea lions are highy dysmorphic and have harems, but females can generally move from a harem to another, without having the alpha male harassing them. It does happen in some species (antarctic furseals I think, not sure), but most of the time females are free to chose which dominant male protect them. What is also funny is that even if females live in a harem under the proection of a bull ,they still mate with other males underwater… lol. "Alpha" males getting cucked, basically.
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Back at the pinnithread with the pinniheads.>>178357
These look adorable! Thank you for letting me know these exist. Look like good films for cozy weekend mornings.
Also, adding that you can get a Chrome extension that gives you a random seal (or other cute animal) for new tabs. It's called Tabby Cat. It's on Chrome, not sure about any other browsers.
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There used to be a famous elephant seal that had a lot of memes of it, for some reason there was even an encyclopedia dramatica article about it, but I can't remember it's name. I think it died though sadly.
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How can an animal be so goofy looking yet scary at the same time
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they're really big. but maybe you could
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This was my most cherished purchase during the pandemic.
Yes it's very soft! It's basically a pillow. Get it!>>178835
This is amazing, I don't think I ever seen a seal shouting "blergh" at water before. Well done little seal.
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60 cm, I just hug it a lot and it keeps it shape.
Wish I could hug this cute blob>>178920
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>>178786>>178921>tfw bf got me the fattest seal plush as a present>tfw his bag with all of his stuff got stolen at the station>tfw seal plush was in the bag>>179343
i love how they glued their tags on their heads, they look so silly
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I love seals. Seals are my only reason to be alive. I fucking love so fucking much fucking seals. I want to have a seal as a pet. I don't want to fuck a seal. Or maybe yes. I don't know. The only thing i know is that i love seals. Seals. Look at those little eyes, soft hair and cute nose. They're too perfect. If i can't get a seal as my pet i'll kill myself. I can't live without one. I'm already dying because i don't have one of these adorable criatures in my pool. I want them. I want to adopt every fucking seal of this planet. I'll give them names and surnames. I'll be their mother and father. I'll make an empire of seals. Now, fear them. The seals are coming for you. They're everywhere. I'm their leader. This isn't even a joke. A seal has the power to ruin you life. I don't need food or water. I need a seal. That's enough, at least for me. I don't give a fuck about other animals. Having a dog or a cat in your house. Imagine that shit. So fucking stupid. Only seals will save this universe. Fear. Pain. Loss. They control it. You don't need a family of humans when you have a seal at your side. They're my family. Fuck every one of them. You need a seal and you know it. Punch your uncle and get a seal. You'll thank me later. They have powers. You all motherfuckers. Pieces of shit. Fuckers. Pray for a seal today. They're coming again. I'm so angry. Adopt a fucking seal in this moment or i'll kill you. We live in a simulation, and the programmers are seals. Pray. Please. Respect. The new order. Seals.
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Sometimes I wonder if the alien in Antarctica conspiracies took some inspiration in the otherworldy sounds these fat blobs make.
Imagine>be diver in a time when antarctica fauna is still mysterious>go underwater to study soil and algae>hear these. fucking. sounds.>look around, see nothing but peaceful fat blobs>i-it can't be the seals r-right>s-seals don't make such sounds, r-right>panic>get out of water and never come back
This must be the same seal as >>178835
or young seals all really hate getting into water.
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thank you for sharing, i love this.
btw is seal-chan who just posted in /ot/ here too??
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I love how weird these little dudes faces look. Seals often appear to be crying, but liquid running from their eyes have nothing to do with sadness, or an emotion of any sort. In fact seals have a protecting mucus covering their eyes, allowing them to spend a lot of time underwater looking for prey. Seals have better eyesight underwater than outside of it : on the ground they don't see well from afar. The tears you see is simply their protective mucus running from their cute round eyes.
Both seals and sea lions have this protection.>>182107
Yes, this is my resident thread. I often post seals facts here.
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It has the weirdest face. I can't believe seals are real sometimes.
I know animals don't cry like we do but I didn't know it was their special eye protection fluid running. Neat!
Fun fact: Harbour seal is called knubbsäl in Swedish. It means chubby seal.
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It looks like a lard balloon, I want to boop it.
This thread makes me wonder:
If you petted a seal, would it be soft?
Do they smell bad like dogs or mostly like the sea?
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oh, what a sweet thread! does op have any tips for what anons can do to help aid in seal conservation/protection? It seems hard to help beyond donating money to organizations, and I haven't got that much money.
Harbour seals are one of my favourite ! I'm glad they are coming back into european shores, and flourishing. People love them. They're also bringing tourists into regions that didn't have much appeal before, and helping the economy.>>182146>Do they smell bad like dogs or mostly like the sea?
Not sure about seals, but sea lions and fur seals (otarids) stink. It probably has to do that they gather into huge rookeries and poop themselves.>If you petted a seal, would it be soft?
Probably, since they have a thick layer of blubber under their skin, to protect them from the cold waters. No idea how their fur feels to the touch, but knowing that a lot of pinnipeds are still hunted for their hide, it must be pretty soft. Walruses on the other hand… must feel pretty rough to the touch!>>182161
Well you can donate to organizations, like the ones involved in the caspian seal (on your pic) protection, which is critically endangered. I donated for the mediterannean monk seal.
But, really the must you can do, especially if you live in an area where seals come to reproduce, is to spread awareness. Tell people that loving seals is fine, but loving them to death is not. For instance, if there is harbor seals in your area, ell people that they shouldn't ever approach seal pups on the beach, because it could scare mom and cause it to abandon the pup, leaving him to certain death. Tell them that pups should be appreciated from afar. It's about their safety and survival! And if they happen to sea a pup visibly sick and/or emaciated, the best thing to do is contacting a marine mammal rescue organisation.
Anyway, for any seal specy : never approach pups ! Do not touch them ! It could break the mother-pup bond. They recognize each other with vocalisations AND smell. Mothers do not take care of pups they don't recognize as their own. It often leads to heart-breaking scenes of abandonned, starving pups desperately trying to suckle female seals, only to get rejected, and left to die by starvation.
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wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
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This is the best thread right now.
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Thank you, I'm glad you appreciate it.
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Why do some seals have the ugliest moids
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Where's he going?
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>>182442>>182480>I'm assuming they can close their ear canal off when going underwater, similar to how thier nostrils close when they dive
Exactly, I know for sure that sea lions and furseals (otarids) can do this, despite having (cute little) outside ears. Btw "otarid" (otarie in french) comes from the ancient greek for "little ear" ! This is how you can easily tell them apart from true seals.
True seals don't have outside ears, and the circle you can see in place of ears is their eardrum. I don't really know how their inner ear works.>>182487
i-it's supposed to attract lady seals tho…>>182833
Now that's what I call a huge baby, damn. Imagine holding all that squishy fluff, heaven on earth. Someone should redraw Bosh's "Garden of earthly delights" but with seals. It could be called "Garden of marine delights" or something.
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Expert seal anon, do you in the future (hypothetically) seals could evolve to be fully aquatic marine mammals? Especially with climate changes reducing Artic ice, is it possible for seals to start becoming more sea based animals? It would probably take ten thousands of years to fully transition, but their bodies are already pretty well built for water anyways. I could definitely see leopard seals becoming the 'new' apex mammalian marine predators if orcas were to disappear.
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I'm sadly not an expert on the subject, I never even saw a seal irl to be honest (just a sea lion 10 years ago in a zoo), but I love learning about them ! Like most animals, they are fascinating in their own way.
>in the future seals could evolve to be fully aquatic marine mammals?
I'm not sure about this. I think being amphibious fits a niche. Let's remember that most seals don't have land predators, with the exception of polar bears in the arctic. Even those are pretty rare, and less of a threat than orcas. Underwater, however, they are way more at risk of predation : deadly orca pods, various sharks, polar bears again, and even walruses. I'd say that man activity is more nefarious towards seal underwater too, as they frequently get caught in fishnets which often results in serious injury and even death. For reference, more than 1000 marine mammals die everyday of entanglement…
Global warming and ice melting will definitely play a part in their evolution, but let's keep in mind that most seal species (harbor seal, grey seals, monk seals…) do not breed on ice. And even for species that do breed on ice, they could adapt and breed on land, too. Similar adaptations have been observed mediteranean monk seals : threated by over-hunting, they stopped gathering on beaches to breed, and formed small colonies in caverns, far away from human presence. Same for japanese sea lions, however it didn't save them from extinction (RIP sweet angels, pic related). Some seal species could simply go extinct in the future, maybe because of man, maybe not. Most of the species that ever existed got extinct way before humans appeared on earth.
It's really hard to foresee what could happen… The possibilities are endless. Who would have thoughts that mammals will evolve to get out of the sea, then evolve back to live in it ?
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Np, you seem well versed in seal knowledge!
I'm just into speculative evolution as a fun exercise. Yeah I think there would have to be a major hole in a niche (like the extinction of many large carnivorous cetaceans) for seals to take advantage of a fully aquatic lifestyle. It is not fully understood why whales went completely aquatic when their ancestors were similar to seals in that they could come on land, but being fully aquatic allowed them to become the giants they are today.
I didn't think about the advantage of escaping the threats of predators in the water by hopping on land, I've seen many videos of seals (and sea otters) jumping onto
boats to escape orcas and sharks, haha dolphins wish
I've also recently learned of a the Baikal seal, which are the only purely freshwater seal in the world. They are restricted to Lake Baikal in Russia, the deepest lake in the world. If I remember correctly, they are the largest marine creature there and don't have any predators in water. I think of any population this one could be the most likely to embrace the full aquatic lifestyle, if humans don't destroy them first. Also didn't know Japanese sea lions were extinct, rip </3
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I love seeing pics of different pinniped species non interacting with each other.
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i love seals so so so much. here's a lovely and rare ribbon seal
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i love when they do this
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Seals living in cold waters need to come on land to regulate their temperature. Even if the air is cold, inner temeperature drops way quicker in water (for physical reasons). As you can see, seals have way more fat around the belly than on their slim flippers or cute nuzzles. This is why they avoir putting them on the cold, wet sand or ice. As a result, they have this funny banana shaped pose. Cute and smart, always !
Seals living in warm waters, as those hawaiian monk seals, do not do that banana pose. They rest like couch potatoes on the beach.
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Cute pinniped art i wanted to share.
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another adorable seal
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I simply love how this fur ball casually approaches the humans in noisy snowbikes.
Open debate : Why don't we have seal pets ? Seals have been trained since the XIXth century at least for shows, and sea lions are even used by the US navy as bomb squad experts. More recently, steller sea lions have been trained by scientists to recover relevant data. Why don't we keep them as pets ? Especially in coastal regions, where they could freely roam in the open sea, and come back for food and shelter, basically like amphibious cats.
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Pic related, a goofy trained navy seal
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that is so incredibly funny to know
if you are privileged enough to live on a coast with seals you can admire them from afar. but like >>184000
said, seals are not cuddly no matter how adorable they look, they do not want to be petted by humans. and their bites can indeed cause something called "seal finger". plus, they are often very stressed by contact with humans / pet dogs running around on beaches.
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I know about the dangerous abcteria they carry in their mouths. I wonder if a treatment for this exists ?
Their bite can be nasty, but most seals do not tend to be agressive, especially from a wild animal standpoint. Seal and sea lions attacks are pretty rare, considering how close they live with humans and how much they get harassed. Sea lions have a bite 6 times stronger the one of a pitbull, but they're never recorded biting with full strenght, it's always warning bite.
I guess it's a bit like racoons, they're friendly towards humans, but they have those nasty germs that make them too dangerous to be kept as pets.
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Here is a higher res of this pic
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Harbor seal pups are one of the cutest things on earth.
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the iconic smug harbour seal pic
We probably - and this is just a wild guess - don't keep seals and similar animals as pets because we live on land.
They are simply too big and boisterous to keep in tanks at home, and I don't see my mother ruining the bathtub in her house if my sister wanted a pet seal when we were kids - but I'd bet an oligarch somewhere has a pet seal no questions no doubts
Harbour seals are the best.
I just came across a BBC programme where they are called "chubmarines".
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saimaa ringed seal and a pup.
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>>184505>critically endangered>still manage to fight to get a spot on the same rock>>184475
Oh yes I remember this documentary, still sad they drifted the subject on foxes and deers halfway through>>184505
God, I wish that were me on this shitty monday morning>>184859
T-thank you anon. I'm glad my passion for pinnipeds is appreciated somewhere !
Btw, I've found this amazing blog that goes very in-depth about pinniped science, especially evolutionnary-wise. Here, an article about the science of chonk :https://thepinnipedpost.blogspot.com/2020/02/chonk-vs-cucumber-measuring-shape-of.html
They also explore pinnipeds in the media, and bad representation cause meltdowns for the author. For instance, when watching an old 60's show about a sea lion being reffered as a seal :>I found it extremely distracting and disturbing, and started shaking and crying in the corner of my couch in rage
I'm happy to have found another pinniped autist.
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not a cat
>>185980>I did some wildlife rescue work for a while
Damn, lucky you ! Sadly seals live hundred and hundred of kilometers from where I live. It won't happen anytime soon !>>186038
Sea lions and furseals don't make the typical baby seal sound, which can be summarized as "l'egg" >>178835
or baby sounds >>183209
Californian sea lions pups, on the other hand, sound like goats.https://www.midilibre.fr/2021/07/14/des-phoques-moines-en-corse-9669807.php
I'm really happy because a third seal species is coming back to France ! Mediterannean monk seals, critically endangered, have been spotted on Corsica island. It's very good news for the species ! They used to be everywhere around the mediterranean sea, but they have been hunted almost to extinction in the industrial era. The time has come for them to claim back their rank as god blessed creatures, as Homere described them.
It's also a good news for us, because monk seals are very curious, friendly and playful creatures. Human-seal friendships will flourish with the return of the mediterranean monk seal.
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Holy shit, it's back!
Most unexpected thread to be controversial on LC
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this one literally looks like the weepy cat memes