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The turtle seal is an animal that lives in the underground ice caverns of the Northern Water Tribe.[1]


During the Siege of the North, a group of turtle seals were navigating a system of water tunnels below the Northern Water Tribe capital. Prince Zuko observed as they came up from the icy water for air, before diving back in through a hole near the base of a wall. Zuko also went into the tunnel in an attempt to find an entrance into the city. When he emerged from the water at a cavern, several turtle seals were barking loudly. They momentarily ceased making noises when the annoyed prince ordered them to be quiet, but began barking again as he pushed past the group.[2]

A turtle seal followed Aang in Ba Sing Se as he was leading all the zoo creatures to their new home in the Agrarian Zone.[3]


The turtle seal is green with a hard shell around its midsection, providing some protection from its natural enemy, the polar leopard,[1] and four flippers that allow it to swim well in cold water. The creature has a long, sleek neck and its face is characterized by small black eyes, ears, and whiskers. Like the turtle duck, whose legs make it appear like a turtle, the flippers of a turtle seal enhance the creature's mobility.


Turtle seals live in herds and especially enjoy swimming through the ice tunnels underneath the Northern Water Tribe.[1] They are piscivorous carnivores, eating fish, shellfish, squid, and other ocean creatures. The turtle seals are notably loud but lovable creatures. They are not bothered by humans and bark loudly and continuously when present as a large group.[2]


As the name implies, this animal is a cross between a turtle and a seal.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on (link). No longer updated.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 1". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  3. Estoesta, Joann, Wahlander, Lisa, Huebner, Andrew, Scheppke, Gary, MacMullan, Lauren, Mattila, Katie, Ridge, Justin, Volpe, Giancarlo (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 29, 2006). "The Tales of Ba Sing Se". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.

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