Minggu, 11 November 2012

Leopard Seal


The Biggest Animals Kingdom and in The World | Leopard Seal | The leopard seal is large and muscular, with dark gray back and light gray on the belly. Females are slightly larger than males. The leopard seal lives in the cold waters surrounding Antarctica. In winter range north of the sub-Antarctic islands. The leopard seal is a solitary animal and meets in small groups only when it's time to mate. The leopard seal is bold, powerful and curious. In the water, there is a fine line between curiosity and predatory behavior, and can "play" with the penguins are not for eating. There are also records of leopard seal attacked divers. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer captured the image of a leopard seal bring alive, wounded and dead then he penquins, perhaps in an attempt to photographer, how to teach to hunt.

The leopard seal ranked Phocidae family name. Its closest relatives are the Ross seal, crab and Weddell seal, known as the lobodontine stamps. All seals are pinnipeds superfamily that evolved from bear-like ancestors. The leopard seal has many characteristics similar to other species. The leopard seals share homologous with its close relative, lobodontine seals. They all have dark skin on the tip of your body and clearer skin in the lower abdomen. The leopard seal is the second killer whale (orca) in Antarctic top predator. Seals eat mostly krill probably smaller, but also squid and fish. Leopard seals probably the biggest change in krill fed more substantial, including Adelie king, rockhopper, gentoo and emperor and, less frequently, other seals as the seal of crab.

Around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) is the most important prey. Other prey includes penguins and fish. Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) pups and other seabirds that penguins and leopard seals found droppings in small quantities. When hunting penguins, leopard seal patrols the waters near the ice edge, almost entirely under water, waiting for the birds reach the ocean. Previous reports indicate the leopard seal skin has its prey before feeding it to be false. The lack of teeth to cut their prey into manageable pieces, brandishes its prey from side to side to tear and break into smaller pieces. 

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