When a Leopard Seal Serves You Lunch

Candice Gaukel Andrews March 17, 2011 3

When National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen jumped in the waters off Antarctica to photograph a leopard seal, he never expected her to play the perfect host—and offer him a snack.

The huge seal began to bring him food: live penguins. When he didn’t partake, she brought him different fare—weak and dead ones.

Sometimes, even if you’re an accomplished top predator, you just can’t seem to please your guests!

3 Comments »

  1. Nancy Mueller March 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Truly amazing! Thanks for passing this along, Candice. I had more than a few dream-filled nights about leopard seals after reading Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, and not once did those dreams include offers of food by one – I was the food!

  2. Wendy Worrall Redal March 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this story!! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. John Howard Gaukel March 19, 2011 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Pretty amazing story !!

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