SECTION B: FAUNA IN THE PENINSULA ANTARCTICA
Weddell seal & Crabeater Seal
Weddell seals, as carnivores, have a varied diet depending on the time and location. They commonly feed on mid-water and bottom-dwelling fish, squid, octopus, and prawns. Despite being carnivorous, they are known for their friendly and easygoing nature, often not hiding from visitors. These seals exhibit philopatry, meaning they return to their birthplace to give birth to their own offspring, emphasising their strong connection to their home.
On the other hand, Crabeater seals, despite their name, do not actually consume crabs. Instead, their diet primarily consists of krill. The name "Crabeater" originated from the German word "Krebs," which encompasses various crustaceans, including crabs. These seals possess specialised teeth with additional projections, enabling them to ingest seawater and strain out the krill, their primary food source.
Encountering these playful seals, it’s a reminder to treat them with utmost respect and care. Their friendly attitude and unique adaptations remind us of the importance of preserving and safeguarding their habitats. By respecting these incredible creatures, we can contribute to their continued well-being and the preservation of their natural environment