How to Draw a Weddell Seal

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Weddell Seal in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Weddell Seal.

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How to Draw a Weddell Seal - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw an upside-down U-shape for the head.

Step 2: Draw two seed-like shapes near the top of the head. Under the gap between them, draw a downward-pointing triangle; from the point, draw a small line down that connects to an upside-down V. Add a few dots between the mouth and nose.

Step 3: Draw a curve going down from each end of the head.

Step 4: From one end of the body, draw a curve that goes down and away from the body, then sharply points back under itself towards the body, then curves under the body.

Step 5: Under the other side of the body, draw a curve that angles down and away, then sharply turns under itself, stopping when it meets the underside of the body.

Step 6: On this same side of the body, draw one line sloping down from the upper part of the body, and one line pointing out from the midpoint of the fin.

Step 7: Close off the tail with a boot-like shape. Your Weddell seal is now complete! You can color it brown or grey, with a darker back and lighter underbelly, and lighter and darker patches all over the body.

Interesting Facts about Weddell Seal

The Weddell Seal lives in the Antarctic region mainly on the Antarctic ice. These seals are the most Southern living seals and enjoy the cold water and the amount of food they eat down there to be plentiful.The main predator of the Weddell Seal is the Leopard seals and Orcas. For them to avoid the predators, the Weddell Seal will swim under the sea ice. Meals for the Weddell Seal are Cod and Silverfish as a favorite but will also enjoy octopuses, crustaceans and other marine animals.

Did you know?

  • A Weddell Seal is considered a mammal and can live up to 30 years in the wild.

The general size of a Weddell Seal is 10 feet long and their weight can reach1,200 pounds.

  • They swim in groups called a pod.
  • The seal can dive up to 2,000 feet deep in the water and stay under water for up to 45 minutes.
  • Seals must surface to breathe, if no natural openings are available, they will chew an air hole in the ice.
  • The Weddell Seal when fishing will dive below their food and the fish are backlit against the ice. This makes the seal’s food easily visible and they can swim up and collect their food. Another thing the seal may do to eat is to blow cracks in the ice. This tactic will put small fish in the air making it easy to catch and eat.