The mammals of the seashores of Antarctica and the Subantarctic...

Pinnipeds: Seals


A scarred male (Antarctic) Fur Seal, surrounded by female and pups (South Georgia).

Antarctic Fur-seal

male 'New Zealand Sea Lion' or 'Hooker's Sea Lion' fighting (Auckland Islands).

True Seals

Leptonychotes weddellii, 'Weddell Seal'.

Hydrurga leptonyx'Leopard Seal'. When hauled out, they have a distinctive 'lumpy' shape.

Leopard Seal on rocks, Auckland Islands, New Zealand.

The massive head of the Leopard Seal.

Lobodon carcinophaga, 'Crabeater Seal' (Paradise Harbour). Despite the name, they do not eat crabs, but specialize on krill, with 90% of their diet made up of these crustaceans.

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.