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Crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga), Antarctic Peninsular

Crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga), Antarctic Peninsular

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Uploaded 07 Dec 2016 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2016
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The crabeater seal is a true seal with a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica. They are by far the most abundant seal species in the world. While population estimates are uncertain, there are at least 7 million and possibly as many as 75 million individuals. This success of this species is due to its specialized predation on the abundant Antarctic krill of the Southern Ocean, for which it has uniquely adapted, sieve-like tooth structure.
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