By Sarah Zappala
Latin NameHydrurga leptonyx
Location Antarctic & Sub-Antarctic Waters
Length2.5 - 3.2 m (8.25 - 10 ft)
Weight200 - 455 Kgs (440 - 1,000 lbs)
The Leopard Seal is considered to be the most aggressive of all the seal species out there. They only live in small groups which is also quite different from other species of seals. In fact, it isn’t uncommon to see them alone or only with one or two companions.
When it is time to reproduce, the Leopard Seals will come together in larger groups. The females will carry a pup for eleven months and then deliver it in a hole they have dug in the ice. It can take several months during the pregnancy for her to complete this digging process in preparation for the offspring.The females do take very good care of their young pups until they are able to care for themselves.