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The scientific name for the crabeater seal, Lobodon carcinophaga, translates to “lobed-tooth crab-eater”. These screenshots come from an old episode of The Brain Scoop called “Little Skeletons.” The mouth of a crabeater seal is uniquely adapted to feed on Antarctic krill by acting like a sieve. A hungry crabeater will take a mouthful of water, close its jaws, squeeze the water out through its teeth and filter out all the krill, which it then consumes. These microscopic krill comprise over 90% of the crabeater seal’s diet (despite its name, the crabeater seal does not actually feed on crabs).

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