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