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Leopard Seal

Hydrurga leptonyx

Description:

Large and in charge!

Habitat:

Antarctica

Notes:

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.

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10 Comments

Gabe39
Gabe39 2 years ago

That's amazing!!!

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 3 years ago

Now that is one cool catch!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

This is pretty amazing. Antarctica is definitely on my bucket list. I've only ever flown over it. A great spotting, Laura, so congrats on your SOTD.

LauraLOVESbirds
LauraLOVESbirds 3 years ago

Thank you very much, Lisa and Daniele!!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Laura! A very special sighting.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 3 years ago

Congratulations LauraLOVESbirds! This Antarctic top predator made it to the top in our Spot of the Day!

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LauraLOVESbirds
LauraLOVESbirds 3 years ago

Wow!!! THANK you very much, AshleyT!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 3 years ago

Stunning!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

I can feel the cold & ice ! Thanks for sharing this Laura.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

LauraLOVESbirds
Spotted by
LauraLOVESbirds

Lat: -64.85, Long: -62.53

Spotted on Mar 22, 2016
Submitted on Apr 7, 2016

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