pin·​ni·​ped | \ ˈpi-nə-ˌped How to pronounce pinniped (audio) \

Definition of pinniped

: any of an order or suborder (Pinnipedia) of aquatic carnivorous mammals (such as a seal or walrus) with all four limbs modified into flippers

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Though the summer camp is named after pinnipeds, the scientific classification of animals that includes seals and walruses, campers also learn about whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Children learn to care for pinnipeds at Pacific Marine Mammal Center," 26 July 2019 Some orcas specialize in eating salmon and other fish; others prefer pinnipeds (a group that includes seals and walruses), and a third type feasts on sharks. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 The big fish feed on pinnipeds like seals that are typically found close to shore. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Atlantic Ocean, explained," 18 Mar. 2019 Transient killer whales primarily feed on pinnipeds, of which there is no shortage in the waters around Astoria, while the Southern Residents prefer to dine on salmon. Kale Williams,, "Transient pod of Orcas spotted east of Astoria bridge for first time," 10 May 2018 Among marine mammals, pinnipeds, such as seals, do—but cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins, do not. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readers," 28 June 2018 Sea lions, who congregate at Willamette Falls to hunt fish, have also contributed to the decline of Chinook and steelhead, though Sherwood said the predatory pinnipeds are not the primary driver of the drop off. Kale Williams,, "Environmental groups sue feds over diminished Chinook and steelhead runs," 13 Mar. 2018 Lost at Sea Frainer is not an expert in pinnipeds, the group of marine mammals that includes seals and sea lions. National Geographic, "How a Wayward Antarctic Seal Ended Up on a Brazilian Beach," 10 Jan. 2018 The portly, pungent pinnipeds often invite themselves onto boats and docks to bask in the sun, damaging decks and otherwise being unruly. Hillary Davis,, "Newport unleashes coyote decoys to scare off harbor’s sea lions," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pinniped

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinniped

ultimately from Latin pinna + ped-, pes foot — more at foot

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The first known use of pinniped was in 1866

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