This one is from Amanda Clarke (final year). What animal is it, and why does it show that odd claw/digit dimorphism?
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Is it a New Zealand fur seal, Arctocephalus forsteri?
I know they have these nails on their flippers. Not sure why though, maybe for grip on slippery rock, though they’d be on the underside I suppose. or for hunting?
I’m guessing it is a walrus hand. Given that they mollusc eaters I’m guessing it has something to do with that.
Is it from a Californian sealion on its hind flippers?
i agree with Liz that it is the rear flipper of a sea lion or fur seal, and the claws are possibly for grooming as they don’t look very practical for grip or hunting.
Definite Pinniped, Arctocephalus australis? The claws are used to scratch the body, with the front, more malleable digit in front of the claw folding forward to make the claws stick out.
Aye it’s a sea lion, looks pretty identical to the South American sea lion!
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