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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by birdsandbats, 8 Dec 2017.

  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    This is a thread for discussion of the pinniped species you have seen (both in the wild and in zoos.)
    Personally I have seen:
    Harbor Seal (Milwaukee, Henry Vilas, Lincoln Park, Como)
    Gray Seal (Lincoln Park, Brookfield)
    California Sea Lion (Como, Shedd, Milwaukee, Brookfield)
    Hawaiian Monk Seal (Minnesota)

    Also one question: does anyone have a complete list of pinniped species currently and formerly kept in captivity?
     
  2. TheMightyOrca

    TheMightyOrca Well-Known Member

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    I've seen harbor seals and California sea lions. Uh, I think that's it for me, actually. Texas doesn't have much in the way of big aquariums even though we have a huge coastline and could totally justify more aquariums, so there's not a lot of pinniped diversity. I'd really like to see the Hawaiian monk seals, I have relatives in Minnesota so if I ever go visit them I could totally get to the zoo. (went there quite a bit as a kid, but that was before they got seals)
     
  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    This thread might help: Pinniped species in captivity?
     
  4. Hyak_II

    Hyak_II Well-Known Member

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    I like to consider myself fairly lucky, as I've seen a fairly good variety of species!

    Captive:
    Stellers Sea Lion
    Patagonian Sea Lion
    California Sea Lion
    Harbor Seal
    Hawaiian Monk Seal
    Grey Seal
    Northern Fur Seal
    Guadalupe Fur Seal
    Walrus

    and I will likely be ticking off Harp Seal in the next few days as well.

    Wild:
    Stellers Sea Lion
    California Sea Lion
    Harbor Seal
    Hawaiian Monk Seal
     
  5. aardvark250

    aardvark250 Well-Known Member

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    Stellar sea lion(Kamogawa,ocean park hong kong)
    California sea lion(kamogawa,yokohama,ocean park hong kong,ueno zoo,chimelong ocean kingdom)
    Pacific walrus(Kamogawa,yokohama,ocean park hong kong,chimelong ocean kingdom)
    Spotted seal(kamogawa,yokohama,ocean park hong kong)
    Ringed seal(kamogawa)
    Caspian seal(kamogawa)
    Grey seal(Yokohama)
    Harbour seal(Ocean park hong kong,ueno zoo,chimelong ocean kingdom)
     
  6. Brum

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    I've seen the following -

    Baikal seal (Twycross)
    Hooded seal (Gweek)
    Californian sea lion (many places)
    Patagonian sea lion (many places)
    Common seal (wild and captive)
    Grey seal (wild)
    South American fur seal (Bristol & Living Coasts)
    Cape fur seal (WMSP and Rhyl)
     
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  7. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    In captivity I've seen:

    New Zealand Fur Seal
    Australian/Cape Fur Seal
    Subantarctic Fur Seal
    Australian Sealion
    Californian Sealion
    Patagonian Sealion
    Largha Seal
    (also some in China labelled as Harbour Seals which were probably Largha Seals, but they look the same)


    In the wild I've seen:

    New Zealand Fur Seal
    Hooker's Sealion
    Leopard Seal
    Southern Elephant Seal


    I haven't seen Baikal Seal in the wild...
     
  8. zoo_enthusiast

    zoo_enthusiast Well-Known Member

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    In the wild I've seen:
    • California sea lions
    • Pacific harbor seals
    In captivity I've seen:
    • Pacific walrus (New York Aquarium, Sea World Orlando, Sea World San Diego)
    • California sea lion (many places)
    • Northern fur seal (many years ago in New York Aquarium)
    • Guadeloupe fur seal (Sea World San Diego)
    • Harbor seal (many places)
    • Grey seal (several places)
    • Harp seal (20 years ago in Baltimore Aquarium)
    • Hawaiian monk seal (Minnesota Zoo)
    • Northern elephant seal (Pittsburgh Zoo)
     
  9. ShonenJake13

    ShonenJake13 Well-Known Member

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    I have seen:

    Arctic ringed seal
    Baltic seal
    (Burgers’ Zoo)

    Grey seal
    Common seal
    (wild)

    California sealion
    South America sealion
    (multiple zoos)

    Steller sealion
    Pacific walrus
    (Dolfinarium)

    Cape fur seal
    (Pairi Daiza)

    South American fur seal
    (Bristol and Living Coasts)

    Bearded seal
    Harp seal
    (Oceanopolis, years ago though so can’t remember them clearly)
     
  10. TeaLovingDave

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    First things first.....

    Damn you :p

    Secondly.....

    South American Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis) - Hamburg, Bristol, Living Coasts
    Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) - many captive collections
    Northern Fur Seal (Callorhinus ursinus) - Zoo Berlin, Hannover
    South American Sea Lion (Otaria byronia) - many captive collections
    California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) - many captive collections
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    Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) - Hamburg
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    Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus grypus) - WILD
    Baltic Sea Grey Seal
    (Halichoerus grypus macrorhynchus) - Hamburg, Hannover, Chomutov
    Eastern Atlantic Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) - WILD; many captive collections
     
  11. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

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    In captivity I've seen:

    Australian Fur Seal (SEALIFE Mooloolaba, Sea World)
    New Zealand Fur Seal (SEALIFE Mooloolaba, Sea World)
    Australian Sea Lion (SEALIFE Mooloolaba)
    Californian Sea Lion (Sea World)
     
  12. Brum

    Brum Well-Known Member

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    @TeaLovingDave I'm quite jealous of your walrus sighting so let's call it quits, yeah? ;):p

    And I've seen hooded seal... But I'm not rubbing it in, honest! :p
     
  13. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Nah - you have a much better chance of seeing walrus in the future than I do Baikal Seal :p
     
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  14. Kakapo

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    I'm in the start, envious for the big lists of dreamed species that most members posted here, jeje. Personally I've seen harbor seal (both in the wild, and in captivity at Barcelona zoo and Duisburg zoo at least), grey seal (in Valencia Oceanographic and Madrid zoo), walrus (in Valencia Oceanographic and SeaWorld San Diego), California sea lion (in the wild and evrerywhere in captivity), South American sea lion (I don't remember, maybe Tierpark Hellabrunn?), Cape fur seal (at Prague zoo) and Steller's sea lion (at Faunia).
    I need urgently a travel to Japan (ribbon seals!), heheh
     
  15. MagpieGoose

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    I've seen;
    Californian Sea Lion (Many collections)
    Cape Fur Seal (Rio Safari Elche)
    South American Fur Seal (Bristol, Living Coast)
    Patagonian Sea Lion (Colchester, Dudley)
    Eastern Atlantic Harbour Seal (Weymouth)
     
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  16. Tim May

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    I’ve seen three pinniped species in the wild:
    · grey seal
    · common seal (harbour seal)
    · Californian sea lion

    And many more in zoos:-
    · Bailkal seal
    · southern elephant seal
    · grey seal
    · common seal (harbour seal)
    · walrus
    · Californian sea lion
    · Patagonian sea lion
    · Steller’s sea lion
    · Cape fur seal
    · South American fur seal
    · northern fur seal

    I can recall seeing London Zoo’s first Baikal seals when I was a very young child (they arrived in 1959) and also remember watching Desmond Morris talk about them on the television programme “Zoo Time”. In addition to London, I’ve also seen the species in Twycross, Berlin Tierpark, Vienna and Leipzig. Sadly, I suspect that I’ll never see another.

    The first walrus I ever saw was “Alice” housed in the indoor elephant bathing pool at London Zoo back in 1966 and 1967. I have seen various other walruses since then although “Antje”, who I was fortunate to see a number of times in Hamburg Zoo, is the only living walrus I have seen with impressive tusks. On my last visit to Hamburg Zoo, none of the specimens there then had large tusks. (On my last couple of visits to Hamburg, I saw “Antje” mounted in Hamburg University’s Zoology Museum.)
     
  17. SealPup

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    OK, what about southern hemisphere phocids, in the northern hemisphere?
     
  18. Hyak_II

    Hyak_II Well-Known Member

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    There are none, period.
     
  19. Ned

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    East Atlantic harbour seal
    Pacific harbour seal
    Grey seal
    Baikal seal
    Baltic ringed seal
    Leopard seal
    Californian sea lion
    Patagonian sea lion
    Australian sea lion
    South American fur seal
    Cape fur seal
    Guadalupe fur seal
    Walrus
     
  20. TeaLovingDave

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    Depends on whether or not the lone Southern Elephant Seal at Toba Aquarium has died now - I suspect it has, but it was certainly still alive a year or so ago.