pinniped

noun
pin·ni·ped | \ ˈpi-nə-ˌped \

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 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, OregonLive.com, "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, latimes.com, "Newport unleashes coyote decoys to scare off harbor’s sea lions," 18 Oct. 2017 Leanna Matthews, a PhD student at Syracuse University studying pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), agreed that seal rescues are best left to marine mammal rescue organizations. National Geographic, "Watch Rescuers Free Seal Trapped by Fishing Line," 30 June 2017 There are also plans to do training on darting and sedating pinnipeds. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, "Rescuers cut off life-threatening rope around sea lion after a month of trying," 5 Apr. 2017 Oregon and Washington paid trappers to kill or keep the pinnipeds out of the Columbia River until 1970. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "Oregon, Washington and tribes again take aim at sea lions in dispute over salmon," 14 July 2017 Among the most amazing of pinnipeds are the elephant seals. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "Incredible Elephant Seals, Part 1," 3 June 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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