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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6 responses to “NAME THAT ANIMAL!

  1. Nadia Jogee

    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?

    Nadia J.

  2. James

    I’m guessing it is a walrus hand. Given that they mollusc eaters I’m guessing it has something to do with that.

  3. Liz Vango

    Is it from a Californian sealion on its hind flippers?

  4. Tom

    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.

  5. Niko

    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.

  6. Lucy

    Aye it’s a sea lion, looks pretty identical to the South American sea lion!

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