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Leopard seal and penguin

Photo: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic

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Antarctica, 2006

Photographer Paul Nicklen had one of the most amazing moments of his career when he met a leopard seal that kept trying to feed him live prey.

“I expected this leopard seal to flee with her catch, a live penguin chick, but she dropped it on my camera,” says Nicklen, who expands on his account in the video below.

Since these aggressive mammals eat whatever they find in the variable ice pack, scientists track their diets to gauge changes caused by global warming.