5 Interesting Facts About Weddell Seals

Weddell Seal

Here is a cute little Weddell seal pup playing in the snow.

Today I want to write about a very cute animal that has a funny name, the Weddell seal.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large seals are named after a British sea captain, James Weddell, and can grow up to 3.5 metres long, with females often larger and heavier than males.
  2. Weddell seals are excellent divers and can hold their breath for over 80 minutes.  They can dive down to depths of 600 metres and swim for a distance of 5 kilometres without taking a breath.  They are able to make their own breathing holes in the ice by sawing away at the ice with their teeth.
  3. They are excellent hunters, with adults eating up to 50 kg of food every day. They eat a range of fish, krill, squid, octopus, crustaceans and even the occasional penguin.
  4. Weddell seals breed further south than any other species of mammal.  They give birth to 1-2 pups at a time.  The pups learn to swim after 2 weeks and can hold their breath for five minutes from the start.
  5. These beautiful seals are very common and can be found all around Antarctica and on a range of sub-Antarctic islands.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Weddell seals?

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