Monday, September 2, 2013

Leopard Seal Tries to "Feed" Penquins to Photographer

Leopard Seal
In the movie Happy Feet, there's a hungry leopard seal on the hunt for penguin--a natural prey for this toothy seal.  And this is probably how many of us first saw what it might be like to see a leopard seal in action.

He's a little scary, for sure! And he doesn't seem very friendly either.

But here's another video captured by a photographer for the magazine National Geographic.  Yes, the leopard seal did kill a few penguins (which is a natural food source for the seal), but it appears that the seal deliberately brought the prey to the photographer to feed him.

What do you think?  Was this seal trying to
 feed a penguin to a human?
  • Leopard seals live in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters.
  • Their fur is spotted--much like the land leopard.
  • Their diet includes smaller seals, squid, fish and some shellfish.
  • Leopard seals are 10-11 feet/3 to 3.5 meters long.
  • A thick layer of blubber keeps them warm in the icy Antarctic waters.

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