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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Among the most amazing of pinnipeds are the elephant seals.
Seals and sea lions are both pinnipeds, but seals are better adapted to life in the water and tend to be much smaller than sea lions.
Compared with more jovial sea lions and seals, even scientists have long thought of the 1.5-ton walrus as the most humorless pinniped.
Frustrated, boat users abandoned the yacht mooring spot to the lounging pinnipeds.
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