Watch: Leopard Seals in Action
Five Leopard Seal Videos You Cannot Miss!

The Leopard seal gets its name from its terrestrial namesake both because of its spotted neck and its role as an apex species.

It is found in the icy waters around the Antarctic continent and as far as the subantarctic islands and is at the top of the Antarctic food chain, second only to the killer whale. This formidable predator feeds on a variety of species from krill to larger fish species, penguins and occasionally other seals.

Penguins are a favourite meal of the Leopard Seal, and they can often be found patrolling the waters on the edge of ice packs, waiting for penguins to enter the water. The Leopard Seal kills the bird by grabbing it by its feet, shaking it and slapping it against the surface of the water.

Although it is rare that they will attack humans, they are known for their aggressive, stalking behaviour.

These five videoes give you insight into these cute but deadly predators…

Curious Leopard seal Makes Friends with a Kayaker

A curious Leopard Seal makes friends with a kayaker Paul Scriver around the Pleneau Island on the Antarctic Peninsula. “The seal became quite inquisitive, swimming around the kayaks and we would lose him when he was underwater, but then he started to become quite playful and did the exact thing shown in this video a few times. Watch for the wink at the end!”

Leopard seal in Antarctica

Russel Brown captures this beautufil footage of a Leopard Seal in Atarctica in 2015.

Leopard Seal Kills Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguins return from the seas to feed their young, and dramatic scenes unfold as they hesitate at the edge of the Antarctic sea ice when they see a Leopard Seal is on the prowl. Taken From Blue Planet Series 1

The Hollywood Version

Mumble (Elijah Wood) narrowly escapes being eaten by a hungry leopard seal (Roger Rose) in the Hollywood animation Happy Feet.

Leopard Seal vs Penguin Chick

A Leopard Seal patrolling the edge of a penguin colony investigates a helpless Adelie Penguin chick that has been swept out to sea in Antarctica. Filmed at Brown Bluff, Antarctica by Richard Sidey…