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- n. Plural form of phocid.
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Life restorations of Acrophoca are few are far between, but those that that have been published (on the cover of Muizon 1981, and in Naish 2001: reproduced above, at the correct orientation!), or exist as museum murals (that at Karlsruhe’s Staalische Museum für Naturkunde), do indeed make this seal look particularly long-necked compared to living phocids.
In detail: seals (phocids) that imitate human speech (maybe e.g. captive phocids at the New England Aquarium) or at least their natural calls or songs here cetaceans: toothed whales (odontocetes) that also imitate human speech / different sounds; or their natural calls / songs (e.g. bottlenose dolphin) songs of baleen whales (mysticetes), e.g. humpback whales