Video Breaks Down The Differences Between Seals, Sea Lions, And Walruses

Do you know the difference between seals, sea lions, and walruses? Neither did I, until a few minutes ago!

But that all changed, thanks to a bright and informative new video from zoology enthusiast William Burwin.

Titled “How to Identify a Seal,” the video continues Burwin’s short series of films “about zoology, taxonomy, and environmentalism.”

PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA / JOEL GARLICH-MILLER, US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

In it, Burwin illustrates the sometimes-confusing web of relationships between the three creatures, as well as their various subgroups and special traits.

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He walks viewers through the history of how scientists have classified these endearing animals, as well as how they fare in the wild and in captivity.

PHOTO: FLICKR / Amanda Boyd / USFWS

“What’s a ‘seal’ anyway? You know, it’s really unclear,” Burwin writes in the video’s description. He notes that seals and sea lions are “often confused,” and that “seals and sea lions are both technically “seals,” which makes the topic even harder to follow!

The 25-minute video clears all that up, though. From the way seals are grouped, to their environment and the oh-so-unique walrus.

PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / RHODODENDRITES

While the video keeps its tongue firmly planted in cheek as Burwin narrates the long list of scientific names, families, and characteristics, it is genuinely informative to a layperson and helpful to anyone who wants to know more about the many different kinds of pinnipeds that exist in the world.

In a YouTube comment, Burwin noted that he “worked forever” on getting the information in the video correct, as well as giving it a truly impressive layer of professional polish.

Photo: PXHERE

Follow his channel here to learn more about whatever he chooses to document next!

If you’re interested in learning how to distinguish seals, sea lions, and walruses and have a half-hour to spare, you can also watch the full video below!

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