20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Local's Only.

This Leopard Seal was a long way from home, taking a nap here on a beach in Christchurch, New Zealand. Typically only found in Antarctic regions this Leopard Seal must have decided to go on vacation! Although they are 3 meters in length, weigh up to 300kg and have enormous heads and jaws with sharp teeth, it wasn't putting off the local surfers.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Copyright: © Sean Pritchard