What is the most underrated animal, and why is it the leopard seal?
I thought I was the only one.
My Dad got chased by one across the sea ice when he was with the navy.
I think a woman got dragged underwater to her death by one as well. I wonder if it saw her as food or just a threat?
The Southern Elephant seal is quite a beast too
>dives to the same depths as Sperm Whales
> My Dad got chased by one across the sea ice when he was with the navy.
Please tell this story.
They were helping a party of scientists who had gotten into difficulty, their boat had broken down or something.
After the scientists had been brought aboard Dad and a few others on the ground were exploring and not far from the site a Leopard Seal was chilling on the Ice and Dad got a little too close. I think he was trying to take a picture or something.
It's not his first seal related incident either. When he was based in The Falklands he teased a Southern Sea Lion on a beach, I think there's a picture of it somewhere. I'll get back to you.
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I can't tell if it's a Bull with its mate or a Cow with its calf
Do you mean "lunged at"? Because a leopard seal is incredibly slow on land and is completely incapable of chasing someone unless they are either in water, or they are a paraplegic.
You might be interested to know my dad also has leopard seal experience, diving with the army in Falklands Islands leopard seal saw his friend as a potential mate, brought him big bits of fish and tried to make fuck to him.
Favorite marine mammal. It's a fucking lion with fins.
Spookiest animal. At first glance they look like your everyday cuddly seal, then they open their mouth and it turns out they were sharks in disguise.
I fucking love leopard seals and hearing about how curious they are. Like that one dude who encountered one and it was bringing him live, injured, then dead penguins.
They are solitary predators so what makes them so playful and inquisitive? Is it because being a top predator(aside from killer whales), they can afford to?
Leopard seals are my favorite marine mammal. They manage to look cute and vicious.
Never encountered a leopard, but I've been swarmed and nibbled by these guys several times. They are cute, curious, very agile, and can't get enough of my big white fins.
>Fall of 2014, Norris Rocks BC
>Southern Elephant seal
We had one of those come ashore at a nearby beach recently, which is odd because they don't usually come this way. It just parked its fat ass on the beach and refused to move for about six days. They set up a cordon around it to keep the sightseers from getting too close and it became something of an attraction for a while. Naturally I was one of the befuddled onlookers who showed up to gawk at it, it isn't every day you get to see an elephant seal in the wild after all. Eventually it dragged its fat ass back into the water and swam away to wherever it is that elephant seals are actually supposed to live.
>Posting animals that any casual's heard of
The correct response is dermopterans and scandentians
Even the babies look like little demons of the sea
my family lived in Alaska for the longest time and my dad spent his whole life there. he said when they'd go fishing these things would come up to the boat to be fed. desu they look kind of scary with their long heads