Friday, February 26, 2010

Leopard Seal

Found some pretty crazy pics courtesy of Telegraph showing the Leopard Seal in action. Leopard Seals are known for their incredible size and strength, they are also known for being some of the slickest hunters in the sea. They are the second largest type of seal on the planet and their only known natural predators are Orca and large sharks. This makes the Leopard Seal the top predator in the Antarctic, dangerous even to humans(though rarely). Beautiful but potentially dangerous. I gotta give it up to the photographer Paul Nicklen , shots like these are incredibly risky due to the unpredictable habits of the animal, they are sometimes known to "play" with their prey before turning on them. Not in this case though.

UPDATE*** Photographer Paul Nicklen shares his experiences with the creature and it may not be what you think.

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