ANTARCTICA SEALS

BY MOLLY & ELLIE

INTRODUCTION

The home of the Wendell seal, Southern fur seal, Elephant seal, Crabeater seal, Leopard seal and the Ross seal Is Antarctica the dryest coldest desert in the world.

Seals

Seals are carnivores and mammals.The largest seal is the Elephant seal it can grow up to 13 feet and can weigh up to 2 tones which is 2000 kg.

Fur seals

Antarctic Fur Seals live in a difficult and cold environment. In order to survive, they have adapted by evolving a thick layer of underfur covered by a layer of short rough fur on the top. Their underfur is waterproof and keeps them warm. These seals were once hunted for their fur. They are now protected and have made an incredible recovery.

Groups of seals

Seals and sea lions are one of the few groups of marine mammals that live in the Antarctic.

There are two natural groups of seals, true (earless) seals and fur seals which have small flaps over their ears, and are related to sea-lions.

Seals

Six different species of seal live in Antarctic waters: Ross, Weddell, crabeater, leopard, fur and elephant seals. Fur seals are the smallest, with adult females weighing only 150 kg, while male elephant seals can weigh 4000 kg.

Habitat

The Antarctica seals habitat is mostly over the frosty shores and the crisp icy waters.they live in a vast colony of thousands.

Diet

Antarctic Seals mainly feed on krill, but they will also eat fish and squid. They usually feed at night.

Breeding

Antarctic Fur Seals have a gestation period of 12 months, which includes a period of delayed implantation, and they give birth to a single pup. The pup is weaned at 4 months old.