Seals are aquatic mammals that belong to the Pinnipedia family. Pinnipedia means winged feet which refer to the seal flippers which help them to adapt their life in the sea.
There are nearly 33 species of seals in the world. The most common seal are the Harbor seal.
Seals are very timid creatures so it is always better to approach them in a gently, calm and in a careful way.
Seals are warm blooded animals and they can feed their young ones. Millions of years ago the ancestors of the seals moved from land to the sea and have developed special characteristic to adapt them to the sea environment. In the land seals appear to be very awkward but in the sea they swim very stylishly. They have tornado shaped body that allows them to move gracefully in the waves of the sea. Seal hunt the fishes in the sea and other marine creatures.
Instead of hands and feet seals have flippers which helps them to dive and swim in the water for an hour to a depth of more than 200 meter and they even can down to 500 meters without surfacing for breath.
Male seals are called as 'Bulls'.
Female seals are called as 'Cows'.
Baby seals are called as 'Pups'.
Seals generally have long life if they survive the danger of being a pup. The grey and common seals are found to live more than 30 years.
Below is a list of the seals that live in today’s world: