Pinnipeds in popular culture

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Pinnipeds (from Latin pinna, wing or fin, and ped-, foot) or fin-footed mammals are a widely distributed and diverse group of semi-aquatic marine mammals. Seals, sea lions, and walruses are popular pinnipeds in the media. They are often portrayed balancing beach balls on their noses and clapping with their flippers. At least three professional sports teams in the San Francisco, California area have been known as "the Seals".[1]

Notable fictional seals include[edit]

Because of the creature's name being coincidentally spelled the same as the unrelated word "seal" for a stamp, the confusion of one with the other is an occasional comic gag, as in "Christmas seal", or the live seal produced by Harpo Marx in Horse Feathers when Groucho Marx tries to find the legal seal for a contract document.

Notable fictional walruses include[edit]


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