Crabeater Seal

Crabeater Seal

Crabeater Seal Range Map (Antarctic & Subantarctic waters)
Crabeater Seal Range Map
(Antarctic & Subantarctic waters)

Crabeater Seals
Photographer: Jerzystrzelecki
Latin Name Lobodon carcinophagus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Antarctic & Subantarctic Waters
Colour Silver Grey
Length 2.2 - 2.6 m (7.25 - 8.5 ft)
Weight 220 Kgs (490 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Crabeater Seals are one of the most abundant species of seal. They reach lengths between 2.2 and 2.6 m (7.25 - 8.5 ft) and they weigh in the region of 220 kgs (490 lbs). They have a slender body and are sliver grey in colour.


Crabeater Seals can be found in Antarctic and Subantarctic waters.


Despite its name the Crabeater Seal does not actually feed on crabs. 98% of their diet consists of antarctic krill.


After a gestation period of 11 months, Crabeater Seals give birth to a single pup. The pup is weaned at 2 - 3 weeks old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 4 years of age.


Predators of Crabeater Seals are killer whales and leopard seals.


Crabeater Seals have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

Crabeater Seals can reach speeds of 25 km/hr (16 mph) which make it one of the fastest species of seal.

Similar Animals

Leopard Seal
Ross Seal
Weddell Seal
Bearded Seal
Hooded Seal


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