Weddell seal

Weddell seal

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Credit: DOUG ALLAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Weddell seal. Head of a six-week-old weddell seal pup (Leptonychotes weddellii) looking out of a breathing hole in pack ice. Weddell seals are born singly. They have fine soft hair (lanugo) that turns to a dark thicker coat at about a month. They are born with their permanent dentition and, following weaning at six weeks, feed on fish and squid. Found throughout the Antarctic, the majority of their social behaviour occurs in water. Weddell seals have well developed eyes, which assist them in hunting for food and locating breathing holes in the ice. Photographed off Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, British Antarctic Territory.

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