Allodesmus (SciiFii)

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The giant short-faced seal (Allodesmus magnum), also known as the short-faced seal, the blunt-nosed seal, the giant blunt-nosed seal, and simply the giant seal, is a species of pinniped that originally lived from the Middle to Late Miocene of California and Japan that belongs to the pinniped family Desmatophocidae. This species was once extinct, but has since been brought back from extinction by SciiFii and reintroduced to most of the shorelines across the Pacific part of Eurasia, mainland North America, and Hawaii to help boost biodiversity. As its name suggests, the giant short-faced seal is one of the largest pinnipeds on Earth, growing to be about the size of a northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) and weighing around 800 pounds (360 kg). It is a carnivore that uses its unique traits such as long, powerful foreflippers and large eyes to effectively hunt for fish, crustaceans, and mollusks in deep waters. The giant short-faced seal has specific anatomical features found in other polygynous pinnipeds: sexual dimorphism, strong canines for fights between bulls and teeth with well-defined growth zones, a result from periodic fasting (in order to defend their harem, males do not take to the sea to feed during the breeding season). The conservation status of the giant short-faced seal is Least Concern due to successful conservation efforts, the giant short-faced seal's wide range and its tolerance to most of the human activities, including being able to adapt to life in the coastal cities, suburbs, and public beaches.

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