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 For instance, leopard seals make a living hunting down penguins and even other seals. National Geographic, "Seals," 24 Dec. 2019 In the ocean, though, penguins most contend with leopard seals, formidable hunters that specialize in warm-blooded prey. National Geographic, "Penguins don't live at the South Pole, and more polar myths debunked," 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, "Review: ‘Wildhood’ explores how teens have a surprising amount in common with adolescent animals," 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, "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

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Leopard seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20seal. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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