Ross Seal

Ross Seal

Ross Seal Range Map (Antarctic Waters)
Ross Seal Range Map (Antarctic Waters)

Latin Name Ommatophoca rossi
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Antarctic Waters
Colour Dark Grey - Brown
Length 1.7 - 3 m (5.5 - 9.75 ft)
Weight 130 - 215 Kgs (290 - 470 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Ross Seals have a body length between 1.7 and 3 m (5.5 - 9.75 ft) and they weigh between 130 and 215 kgs (290 - 470 lbs). They have a slender body and a thick neck. They are dark grey/brown in colour and they have very large eyes.


Ross Seals can be found in Antarctic waters.


Ross Seals mainly feed on fish, squid and krill and they dive to depths of several hundred metres to catch their prey.


After a gestation period of 9 months, Ross Seals give birth to a single pup. They are weaned at 4 - 6 weeks old and they reach sexual maturity at 2 - 4 years of age.


Predators of Ross Seals include killer whales and leopard seals.


Ross Seals have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

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

Ross Seals are also known as:
Bigeyed Seal

Similar Animals

Leopard Seal
Crabeater Seal
Weddell Seal
Bearded Seal
Hooded Seal


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