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   Undertoad  Tuesday Sep 20 10:25 AM

9/20/2005: Leopard seal attacks



ferkelparade sends along this item which looks a lot like the electric fence python - a lot of mouth, a lot of teeth, and an animal pic not suitable for Friday. Apparently this is a NatGeo pic that ferkelparade (thanks btw) found in a German newspaper site.

Ferkel notes, the image shows a leopard seal attacking a diver - who was able to get a photo seconds before being bitten in the head. Apparently, the diver survived because the seal wasn't out to kill but was only interested in chasing away the intruder.

Yeah, that would chase me away!



Ubergeek  Tuesday Sep 20 12:35 PM

NOW SEE!!!!

Everybody asks me why I (who live on Canada's Eastern Seaboard) avoid going into the sea itself.

The sea is not a lovely pretty place full of wonderful life.

It's stuffed chock-a-block with things like this!

And a fur seal is one of the LITTLE critters with teeth... try saying "shoo... bad fishy... bad fishy..." to a F--king White Shark!

Little Mermaid my ass!

.... pant... pant... pant...

Okay... better now.

And yes... before anybody asks, I was bit by a rock crab when I was kid while wadding in the ocean... what of it



Hobbs  Tuesday Sep 20 12:48 PM

That's the problem with nature. There is always something waiting to bite you, pinch you, sting you, or ooze something on you.



Trilby  Tuesday Sep 20 02:18 PM

I am totally sympatico with Ubergeek there. All these beasts you cannot see! Down in the murky, scary water! Some of them are PREHISTORIC! There's stuff in there we don't even KNOW is in there! All waiting to bite you! No, thanks.



barefoot serpent  Tuesday Sep 20 02:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubergeek
Little Mermaid my ass!
That can be arranged...



dar512  Tuesday Sep 20 02:59 PM

I had never heard of leopard seals, so I took a quick Google cruise. Some fun leopard seal facts:

# Leopard Seals are the only seals that eat other seals.
# Leopard seals have a excellent senses of sight and smell under water.
# Leopard seals catch penguins by their feet and then beat them back and forth on the surface of the water to skin them. Then, they eat the carcass.

I think if more seals had teeth like the leopard seal, we wouldn't have to be concerned about folks clubbing baby seals.



Hobbs  Tuesday Sep 20 03:30 PM

These things sound pretty brutal. Purhaps the hunters should be beating baby leopard seals instead of baby harp seals.**


** Please Note
This poster niether participates or condones the beating of either baby harp seals, baby leopard seals, or any other baby animal therein despite the fact they could potentially grow to be adults and eventually gnaw you leg off.



Elspode  Tuesday Sep 20 04:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hobbs
That's the problem with nature. There is always something waiting to bite you, pinch you, sting you, or ooze something on you.
That was the problem with some of the women I ran around with before getting married the last time.


plthijinx  Tuesday Sep 20 04:18 PM

Els!

i need to remember on a clear water day on the shoreline of the gulf to have my camera with me when i can see (from the airplane) umpteen million sharks swimming near the people splashing and playing in the surf......



seakdivers  Tuesday Sep 20 04:32 PM

Aww c'mon - the water isn't that bad.

Actually, a female biology student was attacked & killed by a leopard seal a few years ago. They're pretty nasty critters!



jinx  Tuesday Sep 20 04:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by plthijinx
Els!

i need to remember on a clear water day on the shoreline of the gulf to have my camera with me when i can see (from the airplane) umpteen million sharks swimming near the people splashing and playing in the surf......
Oh please do! And send a pic directly to LJ for me, will you?
Right on, Ubergeek, right the fuck on.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 20 05:03 PM

Aw....come back......I was only kidding.



Izanagi  Tuesday Sep 20 09:18 PM

WOW what an awesome photo!!!

However I do detect a bit of plaque on the lower right lateral incisor, she may want to have that looked at before it becomes a cavity.

I love stuff like this, I think we need reminding once in a while that if taken out of our usual habitats we are no longer the masters of nature we think we are, and most of us tumble off the top of the food chain pretty quickly.

Ubergeek said:

Quote:
The sea is not a lovely pretty place full of wonderful life.

It's stuffed chock-a-block with things like this!
There is a reason that the knife I take with me when scuba diving is about 3 times longer than the one I take when hiking!!!

I have been attacked by beasties on land only twice while in nature but countless times by beasties under the water, and I spend much more time hiking than I do diving.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Sep 21 08:59 PM

Quote:
There is a reason that the knife I take with me when scuba diving is about 3 times longer than the one I take when hiking!!!
With this cockw/teeth looking creature I'd prefer a sidearm.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 21 09:46 PM

You'd shoot your eye out.......well, at least your ears.



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