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  • Dut: Zeehondenluis
  • Lat: Echinophthirius horridus
  • Eng: Seal louse
  • Ger: Seehundlaus
Seal louse, British Museum of Natural History


Lice are parasites which profit from birds and mammals. They eat flakes of skin and blood. Lice are wingless. Many animals have their own unique characteristic species. There are three species found on people. Seals have their own lice, the seal louse. That is the only species described here. Although the name implies it's also a species of louse, whale louse is not an insect but a crustacean.

  • Snout residents

    Seal lice is usually found around the vicinity of a seal's snout. This is where they are able to breath the best, since seals often stick their head out of the water. Sometimes you find them in their neck or on their back. Sick seals are sometimes covered in thousands of lice. Fortunately, these lice are not interested in the seal caretakers.