Sea Leopard Project
Among the Antarctic wildlife, the leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) is the least understood to scientists, and their biology is still yet to be fully discovered. While research has already been conducted on these animals, much more information is to be learned. More data needs to be collected and analysed, which is why the Sea Leopard Project is so important.
This project aims to better understand the behaviour, ecology, and population dynamics among of these animals in the Antarctic Peninsula, in order to promote their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.
If you’ve been lucky enough to photograph or video a leopard seal during your expedition, you can help scientists to understand these creatures by submitting your images to the Sea Leopard Project. The study aims to match sightings of leopard seals between locations on the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as their winter habitats.
Visit sealeopardproject.org to find out how you can contribute to the project as a citizen scientist.
Image by David Merron