Crabeater seals - Lobodon carcinophagus on ice floe

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Antarctic seals

Crabeater seals on an ice floe. Crabeaters are the most timid of the commonly encountered Antarctic seals, whereas most types of Antarctic seal will lay there pretty much oblivious to what's going on around them, crabeaters tend to be more alert and are less easy to approach even if on an ice floe, they will quickly display signs of nervousness and are inclined to slip into the water and swim away. Crabeaters often have scars on their bodies from close encounters with either leopard seals or killer whales.

Photo; © Paul Ward