Leopard seals are predators, feeding mainly on other seals, penguins, fish and krill. The leopard seal is second only to the killer whale (orca) among Antarctica's top predators The leopard seal is bold, powerful and curious. In the water, there is a fine line between curiosity and predatory behaviour, and it may 'play' with penguins it does not intend to eat. There are also records of leopard seals attacking divers.
And so it was that with some apprehension and terror that this national geographic photographer came face to face with this unpredictable predator, only to be very surprised at its behavior...