About this video, from the Huffington Post in the USA:
Last week, we posted an fabulous slideshow of National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen’s polar bear photos. We just stumbled across this video of his amazing encounter with a leopard seal, a powerful creature with huge teeth that could have easily killed him.
Watch below to see his unbelievable story which he describes as the highlight of his career — the leopard seal actually attempts to feed him penguins and take care of him for 4 DAYS.
Weddell seal: here. And here. And here.
Into the frozen deep: Stunning underwater photos of life beneath Antarctica’s ice: here.
Leopard seal goes from Antarctic to freezer
By Hamish McNeilly on Mon, 30 Nov 2009
Department of Conservation marine ranger Jim Fyfe admires the specimen of a 3-metre-long leopard seal yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
From the depths of the Antarctic to the walk-in freezer at Otago Museum, it has been quite a journey for a 3m-long leopard seal.
The adult female was reported to be in poor health on Waikouaiti beach late last week and is believed to have died on Friday from natural causes.
It took eight people to lift the leopard seal, estimated to weigh more than 200kg, on to a trailer, and it was then taken to to the museum for storage yesterday.
Department of Conservation marine ranger Jim Fyfe said leopard seals were normally found around the Antarctic, and the Otago coast was near the edge of their range.
Since 1999, there had been 63 recorded sightings of leopard seals along the Otago coast, and 23 of those were recorded in the past year.
So far this year, they had been seen at Oamaru, Moeraki, Aramoana, Brighton and Company Bay, and Doc advised the public to keep their distance.
Mr Fyfe said it was unclear why numbers of leopard seals were increasing, with the topic requiring further study.
The majority of sightings along the Otago coast were of juvenile leopard seals, and it was “highly unusual” to find one of this size.
The specimen would provide an opportunity to find out more about the mammal, he said.
“She is a great specimen, in a great condition.”
Otago Museum natural science research and interpretation co-ordinator Lucy Rowe said the museum planned to meet other parties to determine the animal’s future, with taxidermy a possible option.
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