Chordates •

Weddell seal

(Leptonychotes weddellii)



The Weddell seal has a gray steel coat with whitish or yellowish spots spread all over the body.In the summer season the colors tend to lighten while in winter they darken.Young individuals do not have spots.Adult males measure between 250 and 290 cm in length,females reach 330 cm.The weight is between 400 and 600 kg Weddell seals live on the ice along the coasts of the entire Antarctic continent (and not only in the Weddell Sea as we might suppose) and of several Antarctic islands,the seal colonies spend time partly at sea and partly on ice,they do not migrate and the movements are mostly due to adaptation to changes in ice conditions.They immerse themselves in ice splits and re-emerge by breaking holes with their upper teeth where the ice is less thick. Biology

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
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