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A Photographer Came Face-To-Face With A Vicious Predator. I Still Can't Believe What Happened Next.

MARCH 7, 2014  —  By Sara Heddleston  
Sara Heddleston

Sara Heddleston

Sara has been working and writing online for so many years, she's unsure if she is still in corporeal form. She considers herself a jack of all trades, but would prefer it if you would stop calling her "Jack."

The leopard seal is the second biggest species of seal in the Antarctic. They are large, muscular predators that have ferociously large and razor sharp teeth. They are one of the top predators of the Antarctic and shouldn't be messed with. So, when this National Geographic photographer got up-close-and-personal with a giant female leopard seal in the water, his knees were shaking. He was face-to-face with a giant carnivore... But then something wonderful happened.

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

National Geographic

This leopard seal's worry and affection is incredible. Leopard seals are usually solitary creatures, so to see one reach out and attempt to care for another predator in the water is absolutely heartwarming. That encounter was incredible, but I'm not sure I'd fancy leaving dry land to swim with a predator like that (no matter how amazing it would be). That photographer was brave. Source: National Geographic Share his incredible experience with others.

 

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