Crabeater Seal

Sometimes animals have names that just don’t make any sense! A Purple finch isn’t purple, not all ladybugs are female, a sea cucumber isn’t an underwater vegetable, and don’t forget silverfish, which definitely aren’t fish! Well, the Crabeater seal isn’t any different.

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There are lots of things a Crabeater seal could be named after; their bodies are built for speed and they are one of the fastest seals when moving on land. With around 15 million of them, Crabeater seals have the largest population of all pinniped (aquatic meat-eating mammals with fins for feet like seals, walrus and sea lions). Their teeth are even specially designed for eating krill (not crab), which makes up about 95% of their diet. Instead of all of these cool traits, the Crabeater seal is named after crabs, a crustacean that isn’t even found in Antarctic, where these seals live. Oh well! You know what they say...a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.

Crabeater seal

Photo Credit: Liam Quinn


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  1. Orangefire22 says:

    Animals are awesome


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  2. Ranger56178051 says:



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  3. Ranger56180323 says:

    i have never seen a ladybug that shiny before and the purple finch, i have
    never seen any thing like it before it is soooo pretty!


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  4. Ranger56192814 says:

    the purple finch and the lady bug,seal is soo Cute!
    on the onther hand those 2 other things are gross! ;(


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