Most dangerous seal

Last updated: April 6, 2019 at 19:06 pm

The leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) — Leopard seals live around the pack ice in Antarctica where they hunt penguins and other seals. They are the only seal species that feeds on warm-blooded prey. Attacks on humans are rare, but humans rarely interact with the animal. Females can measure up to 3.4 m (11 ft) and weigh up to 591 kg (1,300 lbs). There have been at least three recorded attacks on humans. A leopard seal attacked a member of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) and another attacked a British explorer in 1985. In both cases, the seal was either shot or had to be beaten off of its intended prey. Kirsty Brown, a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, was killed by a leopard seal while snorkeling near Rothera Research Station on July 22, 2003.

Rogers, T.L.; Hogg, C. & Irvine, A. (2005). Spatial movement of adult leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) in Prydz Bay, Eastern Antarctica. Polar Biology. 28 (6): 456–463.
Carrington, Damian (2003-07-24). Inquiry into fatal leopard seal attack begins. NewScientist.com
Owen, James (August 6, 2003). Leopard Seal Kills Scientist in Antarctica. National Geographic Society.

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