leopard seal


Definition of leopard seal

: a spotted slate gray seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) especially of antarctic and subantarctic waters that feeds chiefly on krill, other seals, penguins, and fish

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Get our daily newsletter Mr Robbins and his team were studying leopard seals in the waters around South Georgia, an island in the Southern Ocean 1,500km from the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. The Economist, "Leopard seals share their suppers," 17 Aug. 2019 That matters for leopard seals because they're considered ice-obligate animals. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "A top Antarctic predator has switched what it eats," 2 May 2019 Curiously, though, there have also been reports of leopard seals behaving in a friendly manner towards people—apparently trying to present gifts, in the form of prey, to divers. The Economist, "Leopard seals share their suppers," 17 Aug. 2019 Researchers in New Zealand made a startling discovery when looking through leopard seal scat: a fully functioning USB stick. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Leopard Seal Poops Out USB Drive, Confusing Scientists," 5 Feb. 2019 No one is certain why marine mammals like whales, sea cows and leopard seals are so big. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Are Whales So Massive? It’s All About Energy," 27 Mar. 2018 Scientists have used remotely piloted aircraft to estimate the health of fragile polar mosses, to measure and predict the mass of leopard seals, and even to collect whale snot. Smithsonian, "When It Comes to Counting Wildlife, Drones Are More Accurate Than People," 27 Feb. 2018 Ou was rendered breathless by its smiling leopard seals and flourishing penguin colonies. Evelyn Wang, vanityfair.com, "How the Polar Ice Caps Became the Ultimate, Limited Edition Luxury Destination," 25 Sep. 2017 National Geographic Critter Cams like the ones seen above also show how leopard seals prey on fur seal pups and steal food. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "5 Videos Show the Irresistible Charm of Seals," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of leopard seal

1893, in the meaning defined above

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