crabeater seal
Crabeater Seal ©photography.nationalgeographic.com

Order Carnivora

Family Phocidae

Scientific Name

Lobodon carcinophaga, carcinophagus

Thumbnail Description

The most social of the Antarctic seals

Size & Weight

Adults:

(Males)

BODY-LENGTH: 230 cm (7.5 ft)

WEIGHT: 200 kg (440 lb)

(Females)

BODY-LENGTH: 6 cm (2.4 in)

WEIGHT: 208 kg

Newborns:

BODY-LENGTH: 120 cm

WEIGHT: 20 – 30 kg

Habitat

Unknown

Distribution

South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand

Diet

Antarctic krill, Weddell seal, Ross seal, leopard seal

Reproduction

Unknown

Mating Period

Unknown

Gestation Period

Unknown

Sexual Maturity

Unknown

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

Unknown

Speed (on Land)

19–26 km/h (12–16 mph)

Swimming Speed

66 km/day and 12.7 km/h

Baby Name

Pups

Home Range

Unknown

Group Name

Pods

Predators

Killer whales

Sounds

Pulse, whistle, clicks

Group Size

10 – 30 members (1,000 max.)

Behavior

Unknown

Conservation Status

Least Concern

A