Leopard seal

Leopard seal and gull

Tough photographic conditions to catch only glimpses from this leopard seal hunting (It starts under water, sometimes very near the sand beach, but nearly always finishes more than a hundred yards from the coast, and the meal itself only happens after transporting the victim on a large distance from the hunting grounds). But, it was possible to photograph this ultra-efficicent predator partly thanks to its continuous killing sprees: It was not uncommon to observe several kills in the same hour, all along daytime. So, if you take time (several hours of patience each day)… and run on the beach as soon as you observe action…

Leopard seal, Léopard de mer (Hydrurga leptonyx)
Falkland Islands, November 2019.

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