A young penguin swam into the "jaws of death" in the Antarctic Peninsula when a leopard seal managed to snap him up as a meal, Daily Mail reports Jan. 25.
A photographer captured the rare images of predator and prey that exist in the natural world of wildlife. While an unsuspecting penguin went in shallow waters to play, it was unaware of the dangers lurking nearby. A leopard seal stalked the bird and when it was at the right place, its mouth opened wide to engulf the penguin.
See photos released here.
The penguin tried frantically swimming away, but the seal had a firm grip on its foot. Unfortunately, the penguin was no match for the hungry seal. Within seconds the seal dragged the penguin into deeper waters and feasted on its prey.
Seals often lurk in shallow waters pretending to be a rock while they hunt on penguins. When they catch a penguin, the seals then strip them of their feathers and fur before devouring them.