Thomas J Mitchell
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Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

This Leopard seal I encountered on Christmas Day, 2017 near the Lemaire Channel on the Antarctic peninsula.  As I was manoeuvring the zodiac this large apex predator yawned.

Boys being boys...

Boys being boys...

Male elephant seals seem to never stop squabbling and attempting to dominate all other male elephant seals it comes across. These two males were 'duking it out' in the shallow coastal water at a place called Elephant Point on Livingstone Island, Antarctica ~ December 28, 2017

Leopard Seal #3

Leopard Seal #3

A resting Leopard seal lifts his head to investigate his surroundings as my small zodiac quietly came up to investigate him

Leopard seal yawning #2

Leopard seal yawning #2

The second short in the series after this leopard Seal yawned on Christmas Day, 2017 near the Lemaire Channel on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Elephant seal stare-down...

Elephant seal stare-down...

Southern Elephant seals hunt in deep, deep ocean. Primarily hunting squid at those depths, as a result their eyes have adapted to see well in poor light conditions.  So, when they are on land in what we would refer to as 'normal' light their depth perception is a little off.  Hence you typically get bit of an intense stare-down by them if they notice you on their beach

Weddell Seal

Weddell Seal

The Weddell sea is most southern marine mammal in the world. This young male was hauled out on sea ice grunting and vocalizing during the summer season in Antarctica