All members of the family Phocidae are considered true seals. Members of this family are also called "earless seals" or "crawling seals" due to their lack of external ears and their terrestrial locomotion. There are 18 living members of this family.
Erignathus barbatus., The bearded seal inhabits the cold waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans. This species is primarily solitary, spending much of its existence on ice flows and hunting. Using its sensitive beard-like whiskers to locate bottom dwelling prey, this carn..