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Leopard Seal (Hydrurga Leptonyx) and Antarctic Skua (Catharacta maccormicki), Antarctic Peninsula

Leopard Seal (Hydrurga Leptonyx) and Antarctic Skua (Catharacta maccormicki), Antarctic Peninsula

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Uploaded 19 Aug 2010 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2010
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The Leopard Seal is widely distributed in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters of the southern hemisphere, and its name originates from the black spots seen on the throat. It preys on penguins, but will also eat krill, fish, squid, a variety of seabirds, and juvenile seals, and will also occasionally scavenge from carcasses of whales. Breeding patterns are difficult to monitor on the moving pack-ice of the Antarctic, but the average lifespan is around 26 years.
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