Antarctic Seal Guide

Our seal guide shares information about the different species found in the waters in and around Antarctica. Learn more about Weddell, Crabeater, and Leopard seals. See the best time for spotting baby pups too!

leopard seal photographed on Antarctica cruise tour

Leopard Seals

Leopard seals are amazing and majestic sea creatures that form an integral part of any Antarctic Cruising experience.  They play a central role in Antarctic ecosystems and as one of the biggest and strongest predators found in the Southern Ocean.  

Weddell Seals

Weddell seals are non-migratory, and only live in Antarctica. These seals live very close to where they were born and only migrate between 30-60 miles (50-100 km) from their breeding colonies. Weddells are a permanent fixture in Antarctica and they live the furthest south of all seals. Weddells live to around 30 years old and mature  to adulthood between three and seven years of age. Baby Weddell pups have the largest known brain at birth of any mammal! 

Weddell seals
crabeater seals

Crabeater Seal

Crabeater are found in the circumpolar region of Antarctica and they are mainly found on the ice pack surrounding Antarctica and the nearby islands. They have been known to move inland for larger distances than other. It is thought that Crabeaters migrate, but there is little-verified information regarding where they travel. Occasionally, Crabeaters can be spotted in sub-Antarctic islands and infrequently they have been spotted on the southern coasts of Africa, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. 

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