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How A Wayward Antarctic Seal Ended Up On A Brazilian Beach
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First-of-Its-Kind Brain Surgery Saves Beloved Fur Seal
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Seal's Playful Leap Nearly Knocks Over Kayaker
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Demand For Seal Products Has Fallen—So Why Do Canadians Keep Hunting?
The seal business isn’t booming any longer, but the Great White North is reluctant to give up the controversial pursuit.
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See Award-Winning Underwater Photos From Around the World
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Man Arrested for Punching a Seal
In this week’s crime blotter: a seal attack caught on video, a huge illegal logging bust, and an animal skull smuggling incident.
About Leopard Seal

The leopard seal is named for its black-spotted coat. The pattern is similar to that of the famous big cat, though the seal's coat is gray rather than golden in colour.

This seal is sometimes called the sea leopard, and the resemblance is more than skin deep. Like their feline namesakes, leopard seals are fierce predators. They are the most formidable hunters of all the seals and the only ones that feed on warm-blooded prey, such as other seals. Leopard seals use their powerful jaws and long teeth to kill smaller seals, fish, and squid.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Leopard Seal

Scientific Name: Hydrurga leptonyx

Type: Mammals

Diet: Carnivores

Average life span in the wild: 12 to 15 years

Size: 10 to 11.5 ft

Weight: Up to 840 lbs

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