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Ross Seal (Ommatophoca rossii)

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They are slightly smaller on average than leopard and crabeater seals, reaching about 3 metres and 200 kg. Their coat is dark to light brown on the dorsal (back, upper) surface and silvery-white on the ventral (belly) surface. They have a small mouth with needle-like teeth which are well suited to catching slippery prey. Their enormous eyes may be an adaptation for hunting in the dimly-lit depths.

Distribution and abundance

Ross seals are rare and little-known. They tend to be solitary and live mainly on the densest pack ice.

Conservation status: least concern

This species is classified as LEAST CONCERN according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as LEAST CONCERN according to the IUCN’s Red List.

Diet and feeding

Their prey are mainly squid and fish caught in midwater at depths below the pack ice.

 

-TSF-

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