Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Pinnipedia
  Scientific Name : Phoca vitulina

                      Size : 1.8 - 5m (5.9 - 16ft)
                 Weight : 105 - 3,000kg 
                                 (230 - 6,000lbs)
           Top Speed : 44km/h (27mph)
            Life Span : 15 - 25 years

                Colour : Brown, Tan, White, Black
           Skin Type : Smooth
Special Features : Thick fur and 
                               stream line body
  1. Common Seals are found in the cold waters of the world.
  2. They usually inhabit coastal waters where there are fewer predators and ample food.
  3. There are around 30 species of seal found all around the world.
  4. They are closely related to the sea lions and walruses.
  5. The Elephant Seal is the largest species of seal with individuals growing up to 5m long.
  6. The Caspian Seal is the smallest species.
  7. The leopard Seal is highly predatory and has an aggressive behavior.
  8. They are generally peaceful and playful by nature.
  9. Their predators on land and in water include polar bears, sharks and killer whales.
  10. Humans are also known to hunt them for oil and food.
  11. Seals are carnivores mainly feeding on fish, squid and crustaceans.
  12. They are known to spend half their time in water and half their time on land.
  13. Seal pups are born during summer and spring on land after a yearlong gestation.
  14. The seal pups develop very quickly and are often able to swim within a few hours of birth.
  15. Their average lifespan is between 15-25 years.
  16. Being the target for many species as a food source, the Seals are declining in number and a threatened species now.

 

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