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Leopard Seal

Hydrurga leptonyx


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.

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Gabe39 6 years ago

That's amazing!!!

CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Now that is one cool catch!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 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 7 years ago

Thank you very much, Lisa and Daniele!!!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Laura! A very special sighting.

LisaPowers 7 years ago

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

LauraLOVESbirds 7 years ago

Wow!!! THANK you very much, AshleyT!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

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

AshleyT 7 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!

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

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