From ears to hair to their movement, seals and sea lions may be related, but they certainly aren't the same. Can you tell these slimy, adorable cousins apart?
The seal looks virtually earless unless you can get up close, while sea lions have more visible ears with a bit of flap to them.
Seals must scoot on their bellies like caterpillars, while sea lions can "walk" by flipping their back fin under their body.
Sea lions are built for the water, with elongated, hairless front limbs. Seals have stubbier, hairy feet.
Sea lions have lots to say, communicating using barks, honks and trumpeting sounds. Seals are much quieter, communicating in soft, muted grunts.
Seals are solitary animals, often meeting up with other seals only for mating purposes. Sea lions live in large groups — called herds or rafts — of up to 1,500.
Seals use their rear flipper for propulsion, leaving them very vulnerable if they are attacked from behind. Sea lions propel themselves by using their front flippers to swim, making it much easier for them to survive a pursuit.
Both seals and sea lions feast on fish and birds, but sea lions also look for larger meals, including squid and octopus.
Sea lions can walk on land, and are much more mobile than seals, making them better equipped to star in marine shows.
Sea lions come in monochrome shades of gold or brown, while seals tend to have a mottled or patterned appearance.
Seals boot little ones out on their own after only a month with mom, while sea lion pups stay with mom for up to a year.