IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Young hooded seals have a typically shaped seal head, but as adults, they have strangely shaped noses that hang over their mouth. Males can blow large red balloons out of their nose. They use the ballooons to impress the females and score above other male competitors. Hooded seals live in cold, deep water around the pack ice, but sometimes wander into the North Sea.


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