Leopard seal

The ends of the mouth are permanently curled upwards that look like a smile or a menacing grin

Andrew Shiva

Leopard seals have slender and long bodies with dark grey on their back and silvery grey on the underside. There are light and dark spots on the whole body that resemble the coat of a leopard. They have a loose jaw that can open up to 160o with sharp front teeth and locked molars, allowing them to strain krill from the water.

Antarctic krill make up around 45% of their diet, but they also prey on Weddell seals, crabeater seals, Antarctic fur seals, penguins, cephalopods, and fish. They are often quiet on the ice, but when they are in the water, they make growling noises, trills, low-frequency moans, and grunts.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Indian ocean
2015
Pacific ocean
2015
Atlantic Ocean
2015
Antarctic ocean
2015
Antarctica
2015
Australia
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Bouvet Island
2015
Vagrant
Brazil
2015
Vagrant
Chile
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Cook Islands
2015
Vagrant
Falkland Islands
2015
Vagrant: Malvinas
French So. Terr
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Heard & McDonald
2015
New Zealand
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Pitcairn
2015
Seasonality Uncertain
Saint Helena
2015
Vagrant
South Africa
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
South Georgia
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No