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Full side body view of a leopard seal, Astrolabe Island, Antarctica

Full side body view of a leopard seal, Astrolabe Island, Antarctica


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Full side body view of a leopard seal, Astrolabe Island, Antarctica

Full side body view of a leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), Astrolabe Island, Antarctica

Stocktrek Images specializes in Astronomy, Dinosaurs, Medical, Military Forces, Ocean Life, & Sci-Fi

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© Steve Jones/Stocktrek Images

Animal Body Antarctic Antarctic Peninsula Antarctica Apex Predator Astrolabe Island Black And White Earless Seals Elysium Expedition Flipper Grace Hydrurga Hydrurga Leptonyx Leopard Seal Lobodontini Mammal Phocidae Pinnipedia Predator Sea Leopard Seal Swimming True Seals Water Surface Undersea


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This print captures the full side body view of a magnificent leopard seal, showcasing its grace and power in the pristine waters surrounding Astrolabe Island, Antarctica. As an apex predator of the Antarctic Peninsula, this earless seal species known as Hydrurga leptonyx commands both respect and awe. In striking black and white contrast, the image portrays the sleek silhouette of this marine mammal effortlessly gliding through the water. With no people in sight, it highlights a moment frozen in time during Steve Jones' Elysium expedition to document wildlife in their natural habitat. The leopard seal's streamlined form is beautifully captured as it navigates through its underwater domain with remarkable agility. Its flipper elegantly breaks through the water surface while maintaining a sense of motion that showcases its prowess as a skilled swimmer. As one of nature's most formidable carnivores, this sea leopard embodies strength and adaptability. The photograph offers viewers an intimate glimpse into its world beneath the waves – a realm where survival depends on instinct and mastery of aquatic environments. Steve Jones' exceptional photography allows us to appreciate not only the beauty but also understand more about these incredible creatures that inhabit our planet's southernmost continent. This stunning portrayal serves as a reminder of Earth's diverse animal kingdom and inspires us to protect these fragile ecosystems for generations to come.

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