leopard seal

noun

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

Examples of leopard seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The young gentoo penguin in the picture jumped into the lagoon to play during low tide — and got ambushed by the leopard seal. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Penguins constitute about a quarter of the leopard seal’s diet throughout the year. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 For instance, leopard seals make a living hunting down penguins and even other seals. National Geographic, 24 Dec. 2019 In the ocean, though, penguins most contend with leopard seals, formidable hunters that specialize in warm-blooded prey. National Geographic, 3 Feb. 2020 The penguin must leave its home turf and venture into unfamiliar waters to face the peril of leopard seals that have jaws big enough to swallow a basketball. Patrick J. Kiger, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2019 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, 17 Aug. 2019 That matters for leopard seals because they're considered ice-obligate animals. Craig Welch, National Geographic, 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, 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of leopard seal

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leopard seal was in 1834

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“Leopard seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20seal. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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