As emperor penguins return from the seas to feed their young, the other
is free to go to sea to feed for itself. But – as David
Attenborough narrates in this archive video clip from the 2001 BBC documentary series
Blue Planet – dramatic scenes unfold
as the penguins hesitate at the edge of the Antarctic sea ice, a leopard seal on
the prowl in the waters just below.
penguins are excellent swimmers, but leopard seals – some of Antarctica’s top predators – are known for being
According to the International Association of Antarctica Tourism
Operators, more than 35,000 people visited the white continent during the
2012-2013 season. During the tourist
season, the summer months of November
to March, leopard seals spend almost all of their time in the water, hunting among the ice just off shore.
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