Sea Lions and Seals Have Sensitive Whiskers

Sea Lion at San Francisco

Sea Lion at Moss Landing

Harbor Seal at Moss Landing

Harbor Seal at Monterey

Scientists have discovered that sea lions and seals have whiskers that are much more sensitive than previously thought.  They found that the animals can find and track fish from hundreds of feet away!  The whiskers (vibrissae) detect eddies left by the fish as they swim.  Harbor seals are thought to have the most sensitive whiskers all the animal kingdom.  Each whisker has up to 1,600 nerve fibers per single hair!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Sea Lions and Seals Have Sensitive Whiskers

  1. seapunk2 says:

    I had no idea about the nerve endings. There’s a colony or two just off the beach here in Del Norte county. I always thought they were pretty smart, sometimes smarter than some of the locals…. ooops, did I say that? 😀

  2. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blogs – and when I have visited San Fran – which I have done a few times – I have always loved to watch the seal-lions. Do go look at the blog I posted on the 11th Nov as I went to see a seal nursery on the British coast – Donna Nook. Not run by humans…

  3. juturisatish says:

    thank for visiting my blog………..and your’s nice posts…..

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