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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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

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

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

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!!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.2 years ago

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

slava rabikovich
Slava R.2 years ago

"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!

Sheila M.
Sheila M.2 years ago

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

Jane R.
Jane R.2 years ago

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

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

What is that?

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago


Liliana elliot
Past Member 2 years ago

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.

barb p.
Past Member 2 years ago

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