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Observing a Crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga), Antarctic Peninsularb

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. For any form of publication, please include the link to this page: www.grida.no/resources/1402

Year: 2014

From album: Antarctica Tourism

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Antarctica ice snow

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