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What is the basic difference between a seal and a walrus?

Asked by I.Helen on Apr 06, 2018
What is the basic difference between a seal and a walrus?

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T. Moore

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T. Moore
Writer, MA, Washington

Answered on Nov 15, 2018

Seals and walruses are two different kinds of animals. They are both found in the seas and look somewhat the same, but there are distinct differences between the two animals. A seal is known to have a pointy nose or beak. People may realize this when they think about seals balancing a ball on the end of its nose. Walruses have a flat nose.

It looks as if someone hit the end of the walruses’ noses with a hammer and made it flat. ­­Walruses have tusks protruding downward whereas seals do not have tusks. They both do walk or waddle which makes them alike. Also seals eat mostly fish but walruses eat clams and mussels instead. Seals are often seen jumping out of the water and walruses don’t jump.

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j. Goodman

J. Goodman
Web Content Writer, San Antonio

Answered on Jun 22, 2018

Many people confuse walruses and seals because of their many similarities. However, there are 2 major differences between these two species: habitat and appearance. Both species prefer the cold and cold water, however walruses tend to stay concentrated in Arctic seas, while seals move all around—some like warmer climates near the coasts of Hawaii or California.

Seals also thrive in the Antarctic, a place you would not find any walrus. Aesthetically speaking, walruses have brownish-pink skin, tusks, and large flippers in the rear and front. Seals do not have tusks, are shaped similarly to torpedoes, and have sharp teeth and claws. Usually, but not always, seals are smaller than walruses.

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