From The Trivia Vault: Leopard Seals


1. Did you know that Leopard Seals are the second biggest species of seal in the Antarctic? Adult leopard seals can be 10 to 11.5 feet long and weigh up to 600 kg.

3. They get their name from the fact they too have spotted coats just like leopards, with the only difference being that while leopards are yellowish-brown in colour, leopard seals have grey and black spotted.


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4. Leopard sealsĀ are curious and bold and have a fierce reputation as predators. They feed on a wide variety of prey which range from krill, squid, fish, seabirds, penguins and even other seals sometimes!

5. Leopard seals live in the cold waters that surround Antarctica. They are solitary creatures who come together in small groups only to mate.

6. The leopard seal belongs to the family Phoicidae. In turn, seals belong to the superfamily Pinnipeda who evolved from bear-like ancestors, making bears their closest living relatives!

7. Did you know that leopard seals are dangerous to humans too? They tend to attack divers, behave aggressively towards humans and on one occasion even dragged a biologist down her death underwater!

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