January 6, 2009
Kirsten called us on the radio this morning: “There’s a Leopard Seal cruising by the beach!”. Leopard Seals are the top predator around here, and have even been known to attack people. I looked out to sea, and, sure enough, a sleek head surfaced down by the beach; the predator was prowling laps parallel to shore. We haven’t seen many Leopard Seals this season, and this was the first time I got even a decent look at one. With my telephoto lens, I took a couple photos from a safe distance. It didn’t chase any penguins. Maybe it already had a full belly.