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.
Common Name: Leopard Seal
Scientific Name: Hydrurga leptonyx
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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