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Leopard seal

The leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), also known as the sea leopard, is the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic, after the southern elephant seal. It is second only to the killer whale among Antarctica's top predators, feeding on a wide range of prey including cephalopods, other pinnipeds, krill, birds and fish. Together with the Ross seal, the crabeater seal and the Weddell seal, it is part of the tribe of lobodontini seals.

This image shows a yawning leopard seal in the Antarctic Sound in 2016. See also the same seal in profile.

Photograph: Godot13

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