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The hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, is a pinneped of the North Atlantic ocean. The species is notable for its obvious sexual dimorphism, with males being much larger than females and possessing a bizarre inflatable bladder-like appendage on the forehead and snout. The bladder is inflated when the male seal is agitated and during breeding season. The bladders range in color from black to bright red.

Male hooded seals reach a maximum length of 3 m (118 in) and weigh up to 400 kg (882 lbs). Adult females max out at 2.4 m (94 in) and weigh no more than 230 kg (507 lbs). The adult males inflatable bladder, or hood, is attached to the nasal cavity, and is mainly used to warn off competing males. The color of young hooded seals is often described as bluish-gray. Adults are light gray, have a black face and generally have irregular patches of dark fur distributed randomly over the body.

The hooded seal is a deep water seal that lives and breeds on pack ice in the North Atlantic only. It has a range from Svalbard, which lies north of Norway, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, in the West. It eats squid, herring, cod, halibut, capelin, wolffish, shellfish, shrimp and sand eels, and can dive as deep as 1000 meters. It is preyed upon by killer whales, polar bears and Greenland sharks. By far its biggest enemy is man, who has a long history of hunting this species. The Canadian government subsidizes hunting of the hooded seal, though there appears to be weak demand for its fur. Native peoples take as many as 6,000 of them each year in Greenland. The IUCN Red List reports this species as Vulnerable with a decreasing population trend.

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Picture of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Image of hooded seal pup, Cystophora cristata, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Photo of hooded seal pup, Cystophora cristata, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Stock photo of hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Atlantic

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Picture of hooded seal pup, Cystophora cristata, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Image of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata; males inflate proboscis if disturbed or as part of courtship display, Canada, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Stock photo of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Picture of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, Canada, Atlantic

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Image of hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, female guarding pup, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Photo of hooded seals, Cystophora cristata, mother guarding pup, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Stock photo of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Picture of male hooded seal, Cystophora cristata, that inflates proboscis if disturbed or as part of a courtship display, and female with pup, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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Image of hooded seals, Cystophora cristata, mother and pup, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Atlantic

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