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#1    QuiteContrary

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:02 PM

This is an older vid, but I thought it was a pretty amazing and totally unexpected encounter.

I remember one of these killed a scientist in Antarctica not too long ago.

Check out those teeth!


http://gizmodo.com/5...ly-leopard-seal


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:44 PM

Even a 'dangerous top predator' can be a Mommy. Sounds like this photographer simply ran into the leopard seal 'Mother of the Year' (one very lucky guy).

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 03:31 AM

View PostLilly, on 24 September 2013 - 10:44 PM, said:

Even a 'dangerous top predator' can be a Mommy. Sounds like this photographer simply ran into the leopard seal 'Mother of the Year' (one very lucky guy).

Yes, I was amazed at this encounter. But the other guy with him apparently dives with these creatures. However I would agree, "luck" of some kind seems to figure in, and... could run out.

Edited by QuiteContrary, 25 September 2013 - 03:32 AM.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 03:37 AM

Are leopard seals really that dangerous?


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:03 AM

Probably. They are very large predators, and do not have to fear anything but orcas.

Leopard seals rank alongside killer whales as Antarctica's top predator. Named after their spotted coats and fearsome jaws, leopard seals have large, reptilian heads and streamlined bodies. They propel themselves using powerful fore-flippers, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour). Females grow larger than males, weighing up to 990 pounds (450 kilograms) and measuring over 13 feet (4 meters) in length.

Leopard Seal Kills Scientist in Antarctica


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:27 AM

View PostFLOMBIE, on 25 September 2013 - 05:03 AM, said:

Probably. They are very large predators, and do not have to fear anything but orcas.

Leopard seals rank alongside killer whales as Antarctica's top predator. Named after their spotted coats and fearsome jaws, leopard seals have large, reptilian heads and streamlined bodies. They propel themselves using powerful fore-flippers, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour). Females grow larger than males, weighing up to 990 pounds (450 kilograms) and measuring over 13 feet (4 meters) in length.

Leopard Seal Kills Scientist in Antarctica
The reason I asked is because Orcas are not dangerous, but sharks are.  The difference is in intelligence and corresponding ability to identify something as a prey animal and something else as not.  Plainly anything that big can be a danger even if it is not even carnivorous.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:41 AM

Rather him than me! Interesting video :tu:

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