Locomotory patterns and external morphology of the river otter, sea otter, and harp seal (Mammalia).

@article{Tarasoff1972LocomotoryPA,
  title={Locomotory patterns and external morphology of the river otter, sea otter, and harp seal (Mammalia).},
  author={F. J. Tarasoff and A. Bisaillon and Jean Pi{\'e}rard and A P Whitt},
  journal={Canadian journal of zoology},
  year={1972},
  volume={50 7},
  pages={
          915-29
        }
}
Terrestrial and aquatic locomotion of the river otter (Lutra canadensis), the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), and the harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) are successively described and analyzed in relation with the external characteristics of these species. Terrestrial locomotion, typical of land carnivores in Lutra and Enhydra, is different and extremely awkward in Pagophilus. In the water, only Lutra has to actively maintain itself at the surface; the other two species have been observed at the… CONTINUE READING

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