5 FACTS ABOUT WEDDELL SEALS THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW

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Nov. 02 - 2017
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Traveling to Antarctica in November means being able to experience Weddell Seals (as well as Southern elephant seals) emerge onto sea ice to molt and bask under the Austral skies.


Weddell seals are the most Southern breeding mammals of the Earth.


Well-known for being excellent divers, Weddell seals can stay under water for as long as 80 minutes.
Actually, the reason why they can do this, is because when they dive their lungs collapse making them hevier than water, and therefore, being able to stay under water for longer periods than many other mammals.

Although they have no natural predator when staying on ice, they become an easy prey for leopard seals and killer whales while at sea or under ice.


They swim and move around in small groups, and usually gather around ice cracks and holes.

Depending on where they are settled in Antarctica, they start giving birth from the first days of September all the way through November.



If you want to get a glimpse at these amazing sea creatures, we highly recommend you to travel to Antarctica in November! 

Check out our Antarctic voyages and e-mail us for further details at: contact@antarcticatravels.com

 





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