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Leopard Seal


Scientific Name:
Hydrurga leptonyx
Length:
6.32-10.22 m (20.73-33.53 ft)
Weight:
6214 kg (13699 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

Leopard seals are dark gray on their back with a pale underside.

Behavioral characterization

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.

Distribution

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.

Population size

760,000 individuals

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They diverged from B. Acutorostrata 5 million years ago during a warming period in the Piocene.