crabeater seal

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Noun1.crabeater seal - silvery grey Antarctic seal subsisting on crustaceans
seal - any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
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A few examples of these are dense concentrations of narwhal (Monodon monoceros) in the offshore pack ice of Baffin Bay, West Greenland [14]and the seasonal distribution of crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) in the pack ice of Antarctica [15].
Canine distemper virus infection, the primary cause of high death rates in Baikal seals (Phoca siberica) in 1987-88 (8), was associated with a die-off in crab-eating seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) in Antarctica in 1955 (9).
There are four strictly Antarctic seals, although some individuals may stray as far as the southern coasts of South America, Africa, and Australia, such as the crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus), the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli), the Ross seal (Ommatophoca rossi), and the leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx).