A crabeater seal lying on ice

Crabeater seal

Crabeater seals gather around the coast and pack ice of Antarctica. Their population is estimated at an enormous 15 to 40 million. They spend most of the night diving for food, travelling or just exploring. These seals are very mobile and fast on land, and can range over hundreds of kilometres at a top speed of around 25kmph. Curiously, given their name, the crabeater seal's primary food source isn't crabs, but the shrimp-like krill which they sieve out of the water.

Scientific name: Lobodon carcinophagus

Rank: Species

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The Crabeater seal can be found in a number of locations including: Antarctica. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Crabeater seal distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

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