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Nat Geo Photographer and Leopard Seal

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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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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.

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Are leopard seals really that dangerous?

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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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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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Rather him than me! Interesting video :tu:

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