Q:

What eats seals?

A:

Creatures that eat seals include killer whales, humans, polar bears and other seals. The Weddell seal, which is found in the Antarctic, is prey for killer whales, also called orcas, and leopard seals. Leopard seals also eat crabeater seals. Leopard seals, in turn, are prey for killer whales.

Polar bears also eat seals. They venture out on ice floes and use them as hunting platforms. Polar bears wait by the seals' breathing holes and grab them when they surface for air. They can also sneak up on seals that are resting on the ice or conduct raids into the dens where female seals have just given birth.

However, the Weddell and leopard seals aren't the prey of the polar bear, which lives in the Arctic. Polar bears hunt the bearded or ringed seal, and a few have been known to bring down the enormous walrus.

Killer whales eat seals of both the northern and southern seas. They hunt in packs and have been seen beaching themselves to attack seals on the shore. If they discover a seal on an ice floe, the pod of whales may make a disturbance that causes a wave to wash over the floe and knock the seal into the water.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What eats sea otters?

    A:

    The main predators that eat sea otters are sharks and killer whales. Eagles, bears, coyotes and Steller sea lions are also known to eat sea otters occasionally.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do seals eat?

    A:

    Seals feed mainly on fish, but shellfish, squid and octopus also feature prominently in their diet. Seals are usually opportunistic feeders and are willing to eat most meat that is available depending on the location. They're considered to be predatory carnivores, and although most seals eat a vast variety of ocean creatures, some species eat only specific prey, such as crustaceans or krill.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are seals endangered?

    A:

    Not all species of seals are endangered, but for the many species that are endangered, there are a number of different causes, including hunting, climate change and natural disasters. The populations of many seal species have been steadily declining over the past several hundred years due to humans killing millions of them for their skin, meat and blubber.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What animals eat penguins?

    A:

    Penguins have a variety of predators, including seals, killer whales and sharks. Additionally, birds, foxes and pumas eat penguins when their ranges overlap. Contrary to popular belief, polar bears are not predators of penguins, as polar bears inhabit the northern hemisphere, while penguins inhabit the southern hemisphere.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore