Pinniped Point

Pinniped Point



California Sea Lion

Gray Seal

Harbor Seal

  • California Sea Lion
  • Gray Seal
  • Harbor Seal

Pinniped Point will be closed to the public from Monday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 28 for annual maintenance.

Get up-close, and underwater, views of some animals that have a pretty unusual thing in common—their flippers!

The word Pinniped is a Latin word that means “fin-footed,” and all of the creatures found here have fins or flippers to help them move in and out of the water. A visit to Pinniped Point will reveal how these animals are adapted for life on land as well as in the sea. The pinnipeds can be viewed both above water and below in the underwater viewing areas. Many of these animals’ traits reveal clues about their way of life—how they hunt, communicate, mate, and survive harsh conditions.

Watch as sea lions gracefully swim underwater in the underwater viewing area or maybe you will see a grey seal swim by.. Sea lions use their long front flippers help them steer in water where as the seals (harbor and grey) will use their rear flippers to propel themselves through the water.

Roam the winding docks through this exhibit and open your mind to learn about the success and struggle of pinnipeds in the wild.

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

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