Baby Weddell seal
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 501037

Baby Weddell seal


Herbert Ponting

Acquired by King George V

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The Weddell seal, like the Weddell Sea, is named after the navigator Sir James Weddell (1787-1834). The Weddell seal can reach depths of over 2000 feet (600m) and can stay underwater for up to an hour, during which time it will swim underneath the ice, searching for places to break through and create breathing holes for when it needs to surface.