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

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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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1893, in the meaning defined above

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