Crabeater Seal

The most abundant of the true Antarctic seals is the Crabeater seal, Lobodon carcinophagus, which has an estimated population of about 15 million. As soon as a ship enters a belt of loose pack ice, one can expect to see these seals lying on the floes. Crabeater seals feed directly on krill, and have specially modified teeth and palates for straining them.

The seals are most abundant on the fringes on the pack ice and are generally solitary, though in the spring during the breeding season they are found in family groups of a cow and her pup together with an attendant male.

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Information on the crabeater seal including taxonomy.
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Links to information on the Crabeater, Elephant, Antarctic Fur, Leopard and Weddell seals.