Squid beaks and fish remains have been found in the guts of Ross seals (Skinner 1984). Studies have shown the diet to consist of approximately 64% cephalopods, 22% fish, and 14% other invertebrates (Oritsland 1977).
Animal Foods: fish; mollusks; aquatic crustaceans
Primary Diet: carnivore (Molluscivore )
- Oritsland, T. 1977. Food Consumption of Seals in the Antarctic Pack Ice. Pp. 749-768 in G Llano, ed. Adaptation within Antarctic Ecosystems. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
- Skinner, J. 1984. Research on the Ross Seal, *Ommatophoca rossii*, in the King Haakon VII Sea, Antarctica. South African Journal of Science, 80: 30-31.