Charlie Rogers, Manager, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Lexington, Kentucky
Answered Jul 23, 2020
Sea lions and walrus are two types of animals. They both can be found around waters and at a close glance, can look alike because the same type of body shape. Though they are both found around waters, the type of waters they are found around are different.
Walrus is found in colder waters, such as the arctic, while sea lions are found in warmer, tropical waters. Other differences between these two types of animals are features of their body. A walrus has whiskers and tusks. A features that sea lions have that walrus do not have are external ears.
When you see sea lions and walruses, you might not immediately think that they are different from each other, but actually, they are. One difference is that sea lions are known for their huge flippers. They have the ability to rotate their flippers, which is why they have the ability to walk on land whenever they can. The walrus comes with winged feet, which makes it easier for them to move around. If you would look at their body features closely, you will notice that they also have a lot of differences that will become evident. Sea lions will come with external ear flaps, and their front flippers are also going to be different.
Although differentiating between sea lions and walrus can be very easy; however, both have similar body shapes, and they are often grouped as Pinnipeds. Having established some of their similarities, there are still so many differences between the two. One of these differences is that both have different habitats. Unlike the walrus that is usually found in the arctic and subarctic seas, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, the sea lion is usually seen in the tropical and subarctic waters.
Another way of differentiating between the two is by comparing their body features. One of these differentiating features is the presence of tusks and whiskers in the walrus, whereas these are absent in sea lions. Another differentiating feature is the presence of external ear in sea lions, but this body feature is absent in the walrus. Another difference is that the babies of the two marine mammals are called with different names. The younger ones of the walrus are known as calves, whereas the younger ones of sea lions are known as pups.