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Crabeater Seal

Lobodon carcinophagus

Description:

Crabeater seals from a distance are hard to distinguish from leopard seals and Weddell seals, but ultimately has a very dog-like face (a longer snout than the Weddell, and much less reptilian looking that the leopard). It has a long body, which is over 2m long in adults, and typical pelagic markings (dark on top, light underneath). It has uniquely serrated teeth that interlock to form a sort of strain, which it uses to pick out krill and other things from the water. It actually doesn't eat crabs at all!

Habitat:

Found all around the Antarctic continent, usually hauled out on ice. We found a lot of them lying around on the ice between the South Shetland and South Orkney Islands.

Notes:

Very abundant, a stark contrast to the Arctic sea ice where there was very little life (due to land-based predators). Often found them lounging around in pairs, and sometimes with Antarctic fur seals on the same floe.

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5 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Nice spotting and great information!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 11 years ago

Thanks everyone :) Keith, we actually didn't see any orcas when we were in the sea ice (I had hoped to though!), so as far as I know, these guys napped undisturbed hehe ;D

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

Great shots Laura!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Nice spotting and information!

KeithJaredCampos
KeithJaredCampos 11 years ago

I hope that Orca's wouldn't Interrupt their tranquil sleeep :3 cute

LauraMaria
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Ant√°rtida Argentina

Spotted on Jan 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 21, 2013

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