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Leopard Seal
Leopard Seal
Information
Common Name Sea Leopard
Range Antartica
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carniovria
Family Phocidae
Genus Hydrurga
Species Hydrurga Leptonyx
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern
Antarctic Sound-2016-Brown Bluff–Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) 04
The leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), also referred to as the sea leopard, is the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic (after the southern elephant seal). It is second only to the killer whale among Antarctica's top predators, feeding on large animals like penguins and smaller seals as well as fish, squid and minute krill. It is the only species in the genus Hydrurga. Its closest relatives are the Ross seal, crabeater seal and the Weddell seal, which together are known as the tribe of lobodontini seals. The name hydrurga means "water worker" and leptonyx is the Greek for "small clawed".

Habitat

The leopard seal inhabits Antartica.

Diet

The diet of the leopard seal consists of Emperor Penguins.

Appearance

Leopard seals are silver with spots of platinum, hence the name of the creature.

Behavior

Swimming is the main behavior of the leopard seal.

Leopard Seals In Fiction

In the movie Happy Feet, an unnamed leopard seal has a cameo where he chases the protagonist of the film who is an emperor penguin chick.

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