Man shocked after touching Antarctic leopard seal he thought was dead on beach in South Australia

Group of young boys spot a ‘dead’ seal in the middle of the night and decide to give it a pat… before the animal gives them a fright they’ll never forget

  • Flynn Webb was on a South Australian beach with friends when they saw seals
  • The group said they thought the leopard seal was dead before it started moving
  • Leopard seals are dangerous creatures and can be found in the Antarctic waters


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A group of friends approaching a ‘dead’ seal was shocked when the animal suddenly came to life.

Flynn Webb was on a South Australian beach with his friends earlier this week when they spotted a lifeless creature on the shore.

When he went in to touch his back, the leopard seal suddenly sprang up and broke open its large jaw.

“I’ve officially touched a … oh holy s**t!” Mr. Webb yelled when he realized the seal was still alive.

In a follow-up video, he revealed that he and his friends had called authorities but were told there was nothing they could do to move the animal.

A group of friends had the shock of their lives after realizing that a washed-up seal was still alive

The seal showed its huge mouth to the group that had gathered on the South Australian beach

The seal showed its huge mouth to the group that had gathered on the South Australian beach

A group of friends had the shock of their lives after realizing that a washed-up leopard seal was still alive

Leopard seals are native to the Antarctic and are known to be aggressive and fierce hunters.

They prey on smaller seals and penguins and have even been known to attack humans on rare occasions.

Tragically, British marine biologist Kirsty Brown was killed after she was attacked by a leopard seal in 2003 while snorkeling in Antarctica. She is believed to be the animal’s only human fatality.

Spotting one of the seals in Australia is extremely rare and usually most sightings are in Tasmania.

Some have been spotted as far as the north coast of NSW and two years ago a leopard seal was caught sunbathing on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

Large females can reach more than three meters in length and weigh up to 500 kg.

Spotting a leopard seal in Australia is extremely rare and usually most sightings are in Tasmania (stock image)

Spotting a leopard seal in Australia is extremely rare and usually most sightings are in Tasmania (stock image)

Spotting a leopard seal in Australia is extremely rare and usually most sightings are in Tasmania (stock image)

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