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Seal (Weddell)

Leptonychotes weddellii
Seal (Weddell)

Range

They are found in the ocean around the Antarctic and nearby islands. They don’t migrate. They live the furthest south of any seal or sea lion.

Habitat

They live on the ice around Antarctica and the nearby islands. They stay where there are natural ice cracks where they can chew breathing holes, using their sharp canine teeth.

Body Traits

They have a large body and a small head. They are dark grayish- brown with spots. Their front flippers are small for their body size. They can reach 9.5 feet long and weigh up to 1,300 pounds.

Habits

They do most everything underwater, from eating to mating. They can dive to more than 1,500 feet.

Diet

They eat fish, squid and krill.

Predators

They are hunted by killer whales and leopard seals.

Reproduction

Females are pregnant for more than 1.5 months before they start to develop. This is called delayed implantation. Once it begins to grow, it is another 10 months before it is born (gestation). They have their baby (pup) on the ice.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live up to 30 years. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.

 

Seal (Weddell)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Phocidae
Genus: Leptonychotes
Species: Leptonychotes weddellii

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