crabeater


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crabeater

(ˈkræbˌiːtə)
n
(Animals) the most common species of seal, Lobodon carcinophagus, characterized by a long snout and slender body
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The data recovered from tagged Crabeater seals and Adelie penguins revealed their diving and feeding behavior, and researchers discovered some movements that they hadn't suspected.
Similarly, around the Antarctic Peninsula, Adelie penguins, which winter on increasingly scarce sea ice, are being displaced by chinstrap penguins, which prefer open water, just as elephant seals are pushing aside their cold-loving cousins, the crabeater seals.
In pinnipeds, the disease has been described in crabeater seals (Phoca carcinophagus) from the Antarctic (1), Baikal seals (P.
They are solitary predators and eat everything from penguins and krill to other seals, particularly crabeater seals.
There are 4 Antarctic seal species--Weddell, Leopard, Crabeater, and Ross.
Antarctic penguins and crabeater seals are already declining.
Reichel, DDT Residues in Adelie Penguins and a Crabeater Seal from Antarctica, 210 NATURE 670, 670-72 (1966).
On ice, however, the Antarctic crabeater seal is the fastest sprinter, reaching reported speeds of up to 25 km per hour when chased.
While no modern whales use their teeth to feed this way, Mitchell notes that the Crabeater seal, which does not eat crabs, has notched teeth that is uses to filter krill and other invertebrates.
Other dramatic signs of climate change include retreating glaciers, more snowfall (warming in Antarctica means more precipitation in the form of snow), and the displacement of ice-dependent species like adelie penguins, crabeater seals and leopard seals with more adaptable, northerly, open water species like chinstrap penguins, elephant seals and fur seals.
Populations of crabeater seals, which also require pack ice, are falling, while southern fur, southern elephant, and other open-water seals are extending their ranges further south.