Leopard seals

By Hayley Sloan


You will find the leopard seal living in the very cold regions of the Antarctic. Though some prefer the warmer climates. Leopard seals have been identified in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa where it is much warmer.


Leopard seals love krill, fish, and other items. They also love to eat penguins. They are fast moving on land so they have no trouble catching their desired prey either on land or in the water. In the dark, Leopard seals can bring their whiskers forward when they need to feel for fish. Their sensitive whiskers can feel the slight changes in waters current around them when fish are swimming in schools.


They only natural predators that the Leopard Seals have are some species of sharks and the killer whales. They do as they please both on land and in the water. There aren’t very high numbers left of Leopard Seals, there are approximately 250,000 of them. In the wild Leopard seals can live up to 26yrs.


leopard seals come on land (ice) only during the breeding season. Breeding generally takes place during November and December. Females dig a hole in the ice where they will give birth to a single pup after a 9 to 11 months. The pups weigh about 30 kg at birth. The female protects the pups until they can take care of themselves. Males do not participate in parental care.


Male leopard seals length is normally around 2.8 m and there wieght is normally 320 kg. Males are generally slightly smaller than females. Females lengths in normally 3m and there wieght is about 370 kg.


The estimated population of Leopard Seals is in the region of 220,000 - 440,000 individuals.

The Leopard Seal is the largest of the true Antarctic seals.

Leopard Seals are the only seals to feed on other seals

The leopard seal is named for its spotted coat pattern.




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