Roy Mangersnes - Leopard Seal
One of my best trips ever, and also one of my best encounters. This large Leopard Seal was patrolling the shores along the Antarctic mainland. The Gentoo Penguins were really nervous on the beach as they knew the large predator was close by. The seal on the other hand showed more interest in our Zodiak and came as close as 30 cm from me. Unfortunately I was looking elsewhere, trying to spot it. This image showing the animal in its own habitat is one of my favorite from the trip. I wonder if I can ever afford to go back?
Location: Neco Harbour, Antarctica
Tags: Antarctica, Hydrurga leptonyx, Leopard Seal, roy mangersnes