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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?