Bearded Seal Skull Replica

Bearded Seal Skull Replica

Erignathus barbatus., The bearded seal inhabits the cold waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans. This species is primarily solitary, spending much of its existence on ice flows and hunting. Using its sensitive beard-like whiskers to locate bottom dwelling prey, this carnivore feeds on fish as well as a variety of crustaceans and bivalves. A lifetime of biting the hard exoskeletons of its prey leads to significant tooth wear in adult specimens. Primary predators of the bearded seal include polar bears and humans.

CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Phocidae Origin: Arctic Ocean

*Skull Length: 21 cm (8.3 in)

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