I was totally unprepared for Leopard Seals – so unlike any other seal I had ever seen. Fierce predators of the Antarctic they can be seen lying on ice floes resting between hunts. They have long necks with large mouths set in a perpetual smile and jaws that open like suitcases. These wonderful animals seem unperturbed by ships and zodiacs and I was able to take several photographs.
Beautiful!. Great pictures on this lovely resident. Thank you for sharing the wonders of this trip!.
My pleasure – glad you like the Leopard Seal!
Nigella, I pinned and scooped one of your photos. They are all very interesting. You can see the scoop here: http://www.scoop.it/t/ecoscifi
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Fantastic!!! I never thought they would keep their nostrils so tight when they are relaxed. Your lagoon birds were fantastic – now I need and antarctic bird! Lucky you!!!
Thanks Cynthia – Interesting about the nostrils!
It must have been a wonderful trip, I really like all the photos you have posted.
Well – it was but those photos are from my last trip and I am getting excited because I am lucky enough to be going again in a few days!