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Dec 15, 2005
Book of Facts: Crabeaters

Some species of crabs can live in pretty cold waters, they live as far south as the sub-Antarctic islands but not actually in Antarctica’s surrounding waters. Scientists have found fossils of them though, showing that they lived there long ago in a time it was warmer there.

As Wally stated, those are crabeater seals. They are actually the most numerous of seals living in Antarctica. Their exact numbers are unknown, and actually little is know about them compared to other seals as they pretty much just live on the pack ice and ice floats around Antarctica making researching them more difficult. They are also a bit more aggressive when approached by humans, compared to the weddell that will roll over on its back. As Osbourne said they do not eat crab, they mainly eat krill along with some fish and squid. It was probably krill “crumbs” around the seals that made early explorers think they were eating crab (not knowing there were no crabs around). Krill are a major food in Antarctica’s waters, they are small and shrimp-like, crabeater seals have specially shaped teeth for filtering them out of the water. Helping to keep their large population in control are killer whales and even leopard seals that feed on the smaller, younger crabeater seals.

  • Kaylie

    Im suprised the crabs didn’t bite wally 100 times before getting to antarctica. Which brings me to my next question, where did wally get the crabs from? Ebay? =D

  • SuperVegito

    I’d Like To Know The Same Thing. and btw the Crabeter Seals Sorta Remind Me Of The Loch Ness Monster for some reason I Dunno Why Though

  • Wallys book seems to be full of almost, but not quite, all the right information. It’s obviously a Readers Digest condensed version.

  • I think Wally just basically skims the pictures.

    As far as aquiring the crabs, again, Wally is just incredibly resourcefull. He may have worked for the mafia at one time.

  • Anya

    So.. what does Wally eat??

    • You know…He eats CHOCOLATES! (Wally’s a chocotarian. We all know that.) =)

  • I love this comic — funny and educational!

  • Wally claims to eat imported chocolates. I’m almost certain he gorges himself on penguins when noone is looking, polar bear’s metabolism requires a very fatty diet.

  • that’s whats in the chocolates animal fat.

  • Zara

    Really, Bobo? If that’s true, then let me just be the first to say eww…

  • animal fat in choclate………………..O MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ahahahahahaahahahahahaahhahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sputnix

    crabs don’t count
    6 deaths

  • I knew they were crabeaters! I just knew it! I love it when I’m right!

  • ukelele

    Crabeater Seals????