Seals fall underneath the category of animals known as “pinnipeds”. They share this category with Sea Lions, but are two completely different animals!
There are 33 different species of seals that inhabit waters and coastal environments all around the world. The infamous Leopard Seal haunts the waters of Antarctica, while Gray Seals and Harbor Seals can be found in coastal regions in the Northeast America. Seals also come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on the species, they can be anywhere from 4 feet in length to 16 feet (the largest, Elephant Seal).
There are 6 main categories that seals fall into that we will explore. They are the crabeater, fur, leopard, ross, southern elephant, and weddell. Only few species of seals can move smoothly from sea to land, and move around competently. Only about 20% of their lives are spent on land.