Leopard seals are dark gray on their back with a pale underside.
They travel as single individuals or in small groups. They can dive for about 2-6 minutes. When they surface, they blow 5-8 times before diving again.
Found in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Namibia, New Zealand, and Peru. Also found in South Africa, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, and Uruguay.
Social system/Group size
They diverged from B. Acutorostrata 5 million years ago during a warming period in the Piocene.