This large seal has an amazing specialization that has allowed it to thrive
Our Expert Says… "It's very rare to see Crabeaters on the shore, they much prefer to socialize on ice floes. As adults age, they get paler in color. Some so much so that in the past they were mistaken for another species that was named the White Seal until it was understood that these were elderly crabeaters."
Many people are surprised to learn that the crabeater seal doesn’t actually eat crabs! In fact, it’s a specialist feeder on Antarctic krill. Its teeth act like sieves, and they are perfectly shaped for straining the small crustaceans out of the water so they can be swallowed down.
Pictures of Crabeater Seal
Highlights where the Crabeater Seal can be seen
Danco Island, Errera Channel
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
South Shetland Islands
Our trips to spot the Crabeater Seal