Sea Life

Seal Vs Sea Lion; What’s The Difference?

At first glance both- seal and sea lion look kindred; homogeneous but in reality, these two are distinct in anatomies… Let’s mark down some fascinating disparities between these two:

Demarcation Between Seal Vs Sea Lion

Belonging to the same order, Pinnipedia, seal and sea lions are considered identical to each other. But that’s not true, as they do have their fair share of differences that tells them apart. Here are some of the distinctive features…

SealSea Lion
It has small flippers and short claws and instead it has ear holesIt has long flippers and long claws
It ranges from 1-5 meters in length and can weigh around 50-3000kgIt ranges from 1.8-2.4 meters in length and can weigh around 300-1000 kg
It is usually quiet; communicates softlyIt is noisy and vocal
It has no ear flaps but two holes in its placeIt has small external flaps on its head
Seals are commonly present in water; they prefer water to land. It is genial- happy and warm towards humans.Sean lions are highly social spending more time on land than in water. It is a bit aggressive towards humans
Seals are considered to be good swimmers as they have flippers and streamline bodies.Sea lions can not swim as freely as seals and fishes do as they have large front flippers.
Seals consume squid, crustaceans, mollusks, and some fishSeal lion feed on fish, clams, crabs, squids, or on any other small organisms

Do Sea Lion Kill Seals?

Steller sea lions are the only sea lions that are large and they consume smaller seals. It is not something that is observed often but it is observed once in a blue moon. As both species are small in size, they avoid preying on eachother but do hunt other sea organisms voraciously.

Seals Vs Sea Lion; Which one is more aggressive?

Seals are more friendly to people; form a nice bond with them and do not attack humans as often as sea lions do. Sea lions are somewhat inimical and are capable of attacking humans as they have an aggressive nature. Some sea lions become friendly as they are kept in zoos and taught to be friendly to animals but sea lions are larger in size as compared to seals and a wild animal is not predictable at all.

Seals vs Sea Lions; Who is Faster?

Seals are better at swimming, so they swim faster and on land, they do not have much to do. Sea lions travel easily on land but swim slower than seals.

In Brief

There are many differences but, the most prominent is that sea lions have ear flaps- they are called eared seals. Sea lions are larger in body and seals are relatively small. Seals can swim fast and better but on land seals only belly flop. Both are wild animals so humans should stay away from them.

About the author

Yumna Ahmad

An experienced content writer, photographer, and avid reader amazed by the sea world and its creatures. I am lettin people become fascinated with the ocean planet through my writings.