Kingdom : Animalia
                                    Class : Mammalia
                                 Family : Phocidae
                  Scientific Name : Hydrurga 
                                                Leptonyx

                                      Size : 2.4 - 3.2m 
                                                (7.9 - 10.5ft)
                                 Weight : 200 - 591kg 
                                                (440 - 1,300lbs)
                           Top Speed : 29km/h 
                                                (18mph)
                            Life Span : 20 - 24 years

                                Colour : Grey, Black
                           Skin Type : Fur
                Special Features : Spot-patterned
                                                fur and long, 
                                                sharp teeth
  1. Leopard seals are large species of seals found in and around the Antarctic.
  2. They are the second largest species of seals after the elephant seals.
  3. The female leopard seals are larger than their male counterparts and grow to an average length of around 3.5m.
  4. They get their name from the spotted pattern on their fur and distinctively long, sharp teeth.
  5. They are found inhabiting the freezing waters of the Antarctic ocean and occasionally the warmer water up north.
  6. They are known to be extremely aggressive and dominant while hunting.
  7. They are the apex predators in their natural environment and prey on penguins, squids, larger fish, plankton and krill.
  8. Occasionally, they are preyed upon by sharks, killer whales and humans.
  9. They move and push through the water with the help of their hind limbs.
  10. Their fore limbs give them their agility in water and their style of movement is very similar to that of sea lions.
  11. Leopard seals are solitary animals that only come together to mate.
  12. The female leopard seal gives birth to a single pup after a 9-month gestation.
  13. The pup is born in an ice hole dug by the pup’s mother and is cared for till it is able to fend for itself.
  14. Leopards seals are a species that is threatened from extinction.

 

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