Leopard Seal at Sandfly Bay

Leopard Seal

Took this shot on my morning walk, 15 minutes away from my home. We are usually the only humans on this 1km beach, and we are often out-numbered 10-1 by sea lions. The photo is of a leopard seal - a rarity in these parts. These sleek top-predators bear as much resemblance to the portly and rather ridiculous sea lions as a labradoodle does to a wolf. This one was a juvenile - only about 2.5 meters long - but still managed to exude a considerable amount of toothy menace.