The Ross seal  ( Ommatophoca rossii ) from the family of true seals and the only representative of the genus Ommatophoca . Named after the English explorer James Ross .
|International scientific name|
Ommatophoca rossii jegray , 1844
IUCN 3.1 Least Concern : 15269
- 1 General
- 2 Habitat
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- 4 References
This seal is much smaller than the rest of the Antarctic seals. The body length is about 2 meters, and weigh up to 200 kg. The subcutaneous fat layer is very developed. A very thick neck with folds is characteristic, into which the beast almost completely draws its head in. In this case, it becomes like a barrel. The general color of the fur is dark brown, almost black, with a lead shade, lighter on the sides and belly. Life expectancy is approximately 20 years.
The Ross seal is a rather rare species, and relatively little studied. Distributed in remote areas of Antarctica .
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