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Watch: Leopard seal teaches photogapher how to hunt
National Geographer photographer Paul Nicklen caught some amazing behavior on camera when a leopard seal tried to show him how to catch penguins.
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 09:52 PM
Photo: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic
Paul Nicklen calls the time he spent being taught hunting by a leopard seal in the chilly waters of Antarctica "the most incredible experience I've ever had as a National Geographic photographer." While photographing the giant sea predator, he was adopted by a large female leopard sea who spent four days trying to teach him to hunt penguins
. At first the seal would bring him live healthy penguins. After he failed to catch them, she brought weakened penguins, then dead penguins before finally ripping apart a penguin in a last ditch effort to show the photographer how to eat.
Watch this, it's pretty amazing:
It's fascinating behavior. You might think that the last thing a predator wants to have around is competition, but maybe sometimes the desire to have a buddy to play with overrules that. Having easy to catch penguins around probably makes it easier to invite a new mouth into the local scene.
Animals are awesome.
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