Pinniped FAQs:


Q: Are pinnipeds widespread?

A: Yes, and most species prefer the colder waters of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Q: Are pinnipeds able to maximize their detection ability?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds relatively large for their size and are positioned near the front of the head?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds diphyletic?

A: Yes, and with walruses and otariids sharing a recent common ancestor with bears and phocids sharing one with Musteloidea.

Q: Are pinnipeds typically countershaded?

A: Yes, and are darker colored dorsally and lighter colored ventrally, which serves to eliminate shadows caused by light shining over the ocean water.

Q: Are pinnipeds typically hunted for their meat and blubber?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds also affected by marine pollution?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds more closely related to bears or musteloids?

A: Yes, as some studies support the former theory and others the latter.

Q: Are pinnipeds near-sighted in dim light?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds also known to bellow when protecting their young?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds also targeted by terrestrial and pagophilic predators?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds carnivorous and predatory?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pinnipeds Pteroarctos?

A: Yes, and which lived in Oregon 19–15 mya.

Q: Are pinnipeds often depicted as comical figures based on their performances in zoos?

A: Yes, and circuses and marine mammal parks.