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One Man’s Face-Off With a Deadly Predator (Video)

A National Geographic photographer retells his amazing experience — when he met one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators. Watch Paul Nicklen take you step by step through his story, and learn why he survived.

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1:16PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

I would never have the nerve to get into the water let alone face a predator like that.

2:31AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

What a sweet Leopard Seal for trying to feed Paul.

No way in the dickens you'd have gotten me in that water!! I would just have watched her and that would be it - thank you very much!!

9:59PM PDT on May 24, 2014

What an amazing story and a beautiful animal. Thanks for sharing and showing how beautiful and kind nature can actually be.

8:36AM PDT on May 19, 2014

"Biggest leopard seal I've ever seen, time to get in the water ya? I slipped in the water, terrified of what might happen"

Once again proving the utter stupidity of some human beings. Here's a crocodile, let me stick my head in its mouth and see what happens just so I can later end up on t.v to further my career. Stupid!

2:06PM PDT on May 9, 2014

The ONLY VICIOUS predator is the HUMAN - all others do what the universal power made the to do to survive so they are NOT vicious- humans are the only ones that kill for sport, kill more than they need, and will go out of their way to cause as much pain and suffering as possible. So do NOT call any non human vicious - which is a human term anyway

7:20PM PDT on May 8, 2014

A very scary encounter. I'm glad nothing bad happened to either one. All animals are intelligent and this proves it.

11:34AM PDT on May 7, 2014

What is that?

11:33AM PDT on May 7, 2014


2:16PM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this un-believable experience with this amazing leopard seal. Your job must be very educational but, needless to say quite dangerous. To the ones like us, that have never had such an experience, this is quite a delight. Again, thank you.

1:19AM PDT on May 6, 2014

I am sorry about the penguins, but the story made me really cry--I think she had lost her baby

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