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Seals & Sea Lions
Seals and sea lions belong to a group of marine mammals called pinnipeds which means fin or flipper-footed. All seals and sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and some are also listed under the Endangered Species Act. Together with our partners, we work to protect, conserve, and recover these species.