Gray seals are part of the pinniped family, and their streamlined shape gives them not only speed but flexibility.
Seals are more agile and flexible [than dolphins] and some otariids, such as the California sea lion, are capable of bending their necks backwards far enough to reach their hind-flippers, allowing them to make dorsal turns. Pinnipeds have several adaptions for reducing drag. In addition to their streamlined bodies, they have smooth networks of muscle bundles in their skin that … make it easier for them to slip through water. (Wikipedia)
The Gray Seal Pups are testing the waters and some are ready to head out to sea. Watch them on the live cam as we celebrate the last month of winter and the nearing end of mating season on Seal Island!
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