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Large and in charge!
Leopard Seal. It slithered off and on this floe and all around and under our zodiac. Large and in charge! Affirmed its place - and ours... It is second - only to the orca - as Antarctica's top predators. As they grow in size they switch (from eating krill squid and fish) to eating 6 species of penguins and less frequently, they eat other seals, such as Crabeater Seal. Leopard seals have also been filmed eating Fur Seal pups. I photographed this one while on expedition with Robert Swan and 2041 Foundation's IAE 2016.