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43: Leopard Seal: Seal Club
Aug 24, 2005

We’ve seen several Orcas (Killer Whales) in the comic so far. Though at the top of the food chain in Antarctica, Orcas are not the biggest threat to penguins as their diet consists mainly of fish and secondly of seals. Penguins are pretty quick and kind of small to be worth their effort. However penguins are still careful to stay clear of them and out of the water when they are near.

So… there is another creature that loves them some penguin, also at the top of Antarctica’s food chain, and that’s the Leopard Seal. Named for its massive jaws and spotted fur, it’s the most ferocious looking of seals, these guys even feed on other seals. This is the true predator of penguins. Their head is often described as being reptilian. They sort of slither low on the ice and spend most of the time in the water. In fact, Osborne is really not in as much danger here, his little waddle is more efficient on the ice compared to the sluggish Leopard Seal out of water.

I know seal clubbing is kind of a serious issue for some, so I apologize to those sensitive to the subject. You’ll have to excuse Wally’s ignorance. It is unfortunate that Canada along with several other countries still practice the art of seal pup massacre for their skins to this day (edit: not to be confused with natives hunting them for food).