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Gripe seals are found on the shores of Sverige, and in rivers and lakes that connect to the seas. They are irritable and more dangerous than they seem.

Lifespan: up to 8 years  /  Diet: Carnivorous  /  Rarity: Common in rivers and other waterways that connect to the sea

Physical Description

Anatomy

They are commonly white, light gray, or light brown in color, and have stripes running the length of their body. Their underbellies are white. They have ten eyes, all of which are black. They have huge wet noses and very long whiskers, and often look quite grumpy. Though they may not look particularly dangerous, they do have very sharp teeth that can kill a wolf.


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Full-body of a gripe seal, drawn by Jack.


Dimensions

Gripe seals are around six feet in length and easily weigh six hundred pounds.


Diet

Anything that moves is fair game for a gripe seal. Fish are much easier for them to catch, though.

Behavior

It is extremely uncommon to find a gripe seal living on its own. Where there’s one, there’s usually others. They live in fairly large groups, and are extremely aggressive toward outsiders. Gripe seals are almost constantly hungry, and will lunge at and attack anything that gets too close. Each group has its own strict hierarchy; gripe seals often quarrel with one another for power.


Breeding

Gripe seals breed all year round and have a gestation period of three months. They usually have two pups, but may have three or four.

Language

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A Gripe Seal making it's signature noise, drawn by Jack.

Gripe seals are named for the ‘griping’ noises that they make. They often sound very downcast and speak in long moans and groans. They are extremely vocal, and also make great use of expressing themselves with their bodies, often rolling around and throwing themselves this way and that while speaking with one another. While gripe seals and wolves may learn bits and pieces of one another’s languages, it is impossible to become fluent.

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