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Ross Seal


Scientific Name:
Ommatophoca rossii
Length:
1.7 - 3.0 m (5.5 - 9.8 ft)
Weight:
130 - 215 kg (290 - 470 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Squid, fish and krill.

Physical characteristics

Has a slender body with a thick neck and is dark grey or brown with large eyes.

Behavioral characterization

The Ross seal is very territorial.

Distribution

Antarctica.

Population size

estimated 200,000

Predators

Killer whales and possibly leopard seals.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

From late summer, some individuals may migrate northwards towards open ocean, and some vagrants have been sighted as far north as South Georgia, the Falkland Island and the South Sandwich Islands.

Social system/Group size

Usually solitary.

Major threats

The global climate change may lead to loss of ice packs upon which it gives birth and avoids predators.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Ross Seals are named after Sir James Clark Ross who led the Erebus and Terror expeditions to the Antarctic.