Just Chillin' and Catching Some Rays!

Michael S Nolan

Joined September 2010

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These crabeater seals are basking in the morning sunlight, their glistening coats gathering all the warmth they can handle, and then some. At some point a quick dip back into the chilly water will be necessary just to cool off a little! Their name does them little justice as there are absolutely no edible crabs for seals in all of Antarctica! Better to call them “krilleater” seals since that is what the vast majority of their diet consists of. With the demise of the great whales at the hands (harpoons) of whalers in the 20th century, the population of this species of seal has absolutely exploded, with perhaps tens of millions of these animals filling the niche once held by the likes of humpbacks, fins, blues, and southern right whales.

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