Dangerous Predator 'Adopts' Stunned Photographer

A leopard seal in Antarctica displays surprising behavior in an encounter with a National Geographic photographer.

The leopard seals of the Antarctic are no joke: with a mouthful of sharp teeth and clocking in at several hundred pounds, they're accomplished, ruthless hunters (they don't call them "leopards" for nothing). And the one encountered by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen was especially formidable, described by a member of Nicklen's team as "one of the biggest" he'd ever seen. But when Nicklen actually got face-to-face with this aggressive predator, he wasn't attacked -- instead, he was practically adopted, with the seal repeatedly attempting to feed the stunned photographer and even trying to teach him how to eat when Nicklen, literally, refused to bite. Check out more in the video above.

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