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Any of various carnivorous aquatic mammals of the suborder (or superfamily) Pinnipedia, having flippers as organs of locomotion and including the seals and the walrus.

[From New Latin Pinnipedia, order name : Latin pinna, feather; see pinna + Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.]

pin′ni·ped′ adj.


(ˈpɪnɪˌpɛd) or


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Pinnipedia, an order of aquatic placental mammals having a streamlined body and limbs specialized as flippers: includes seals, sea lions, and the walrus
(Animals) any pinniped animal
[C19: from New Latin pinnipēs, from Latin pinna feather, fin + pēs foot]


(ˈpɪn əˌpɛd)

1. belonging to the Pinnipedia, a grouping of carnivorous aquatic mammals that have their limbs broadened and flattened into flippers, as seals and walruses.
2. a pinniped animal.
[1835–45; < New Latin Pinnipedia. See pinna, -i-, -ped, -ia]


Any of various carnivorous, aquatic mammals having long, smooth bodies and fin-like flippers for swimming. Pinnipeds include the seals and walruses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinniped - aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flipperspinniped - aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flippers
aquatic mammal - whales and dolphins; manatees and dugongs; walruses; seals
Pinnipedia, suborder Pinnipedia - seals; sea lions; walruses
seal - any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
sea horse, seahorse, walrus - either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber
pod - a group of aquatic mammals
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Caption: Domoic acid poisoning has impacted a range of pinniped species, including elephant seals, harbor seals, and northern fur seals (pictured).
Harbor Seals are the most abundant species of pinniped in the Puget Sound with estimates of >15,000 individuals (Lance and Jeffries 2006, 2009a).
In this context, several fossil remains of vertebrates have been recorded, corresponding to marine mammals, mainly cetaceans and pinniped.
The day's highlights include sampling seaweed pickles during an Edible Ocean Demonstration; chatting with divers as they swim with sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit; or embarking on a scavenger hunt to win prizes, including sleepovers, animal paintings and a chance to smooch a pinniped.
A total of 61 marine mammal sightings were recorded, with one pinniped and three cetacean species identified (Table 1; Fig.
Upon opening the gastrointestinal tract of a harp seal, Smith was excited to discover a new entozoan parasite (Lamont, 1876:218), which was likely a nematode, cestode, or acanthocephalan, the prevalent helminth parasites in pinniped gastrointestinal tracts (Dailey, 2005).
1994) found three pinniped bones in excavations at Anakena beach, among which an upper left canine was attributed to a leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx).
In most pinniped populations, one cannot assume that all individuals are available at the time of local count (Buckland and York, 2002).
Surprisingly, mass mortality in pinniped populations infected with influenza has been observed for decades.
11) For example, in challenging the lethal take authority at Bonneville Dam, environmental groups argued that the negative effects of pinniped predation on salmonid populations are negligible when compared to direct human impacts, such as fishing and damming of the river.
Pinniped cervical vertebrae have large triangular neural canals; their zygapophyses are smaller and less pronounced than for the Manasquan vertebra; and their centra are elongated laterally rather than dorsoventrally.
1), arthropod scavengers of pinniped carcasses are likely to be important dietary items, as suggested by the high carbon and nitrogen stable isotope values (albeit only two individuals were analyzed, with [[delta].