Posted on 24 February 2010.
A carnivore is one which eats meat and these animals depend solely on animal tissue for the purpose of extracting nutrients on a day to day basis. The following are the top 10 largest carnivores:
1. Southern Elephant Seal
The Southern Elephant Seal is said to be the largest carnivore to have lived till date. The adult males have large proboscis which they use for making roaring sounds that are very loud. They do so during the mating season.
While males can weight 2,000 kilograms, females weigh at least 1,200 kilograms. Their necks are extremely thick and can move with the help of all fours. They take the help of their entire body when they swim and do not use their flippers as much. The Walrus is bald and its skin is wrinkled. When they are young, they are brown in color which fades as they grow older.
3. Stellar Sea Lion
This carnivore also goes by the name of the Northern Sea Lion. This species is almost extinct in the northern Pacific. The Stellar Sea Lion is named after Georg Wilhelm Stellar. Their numbers have declined due to unknown reasons in Alaska.
4. Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly Bear also goes by the name of silvertip bear and is native to North America. Grizzlies are said to stay alone along rivers, ponds and streams. The females can give birth to a minimum of one and a maximum of four young which weigh only 500 grams each. A female Grizzly or sow will attack anyone of anything if her cubs are in danger.
5. Polar Bear
Polar Bears are found in the northern part of the Arctic and are said to float on ice floes through the day. While an adult male stands at 8.5 feet and weighs 900 pounds, a female adult will stand at 6.5 feet and weigh 500 pounds. Each polar bear has a black mouth, nose and eyes and off-white fur.