Dark brown fur above with cream-white fur below. Fur colour changes throughout the year and becomes entirely blonde during the summer months. Distinct teeth, which are thought to form a sieve for filtering krill. Very reduced external ears. Pups have woolly grey-brown fur and darker limbs. Up to 2.4 m long.
Crabeater Seals are typically solitary or live in small groups. They dive for krill mainly at night and do not eat crabs, despite their name. Breeding occurs between October and November.
Humans interactions include:
Have been used to feed sled dogs at Antarctic bases.
Pack ice and near freezing waters, to depth of 430 m.
Antarctica, southern Africa, New Zealand and South America. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed