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Weddell Seal


Scientific Name:
Leptonychotes weddellii
Length:
Adult: 2.5-2.9m, Females: 3.3 m
Weight:
400-600 kg
Status:
edangered
Prey:
Fish and squid

Physical characteristics

N/A

Behavioral characterization

Known to be highly vocal and their underwater calls can be heard from the surface.

Distribution

Antarctic but small populations use South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, the south Shetland Islands, and the South Orkney Islands.

Population size

800,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

Males have territories under the ice where they have access to several females.

Major threats

Competition for food with commercial fishing.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They can dive down to depths of 600m and for up to 73 minutes.