One of Antarctica's most voracious hunters
Our Expert Says… "These magnificent predators do have quite gruesome hunting habits. They have a tendency to "play" with the prey, letting it go injured and catching it again, inflicting more damage but releasing. It's almost as if they relish the hunt more than the meal. When they do finally decide it's time to eat they can almost turn prey inside out, such is the ferocity of their jaws. A fascinating and terrible spectacle!"
The leopard seal has a rightfully fierce reputation! This is the second-largest Antarctic seal and the most renowned underwater hunter in the polar region.
Pictures of Leopard Seal
Highlights where the Leopard Seal can be seen
Seabee Hook, Cape Hallett
Port Charcot, Booth Island
Devil Island, Vega Island
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
South Shetland Islands
King George Island
Mawson’s Huts and Cape Denison
Our trips to spot the Leopard Seal