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Eat Prey, Sieve

Casey presents his teeth during a dental inspection at Taronga Zoo.

Casey presents his teeth during a dental inspection at Taronga Zoo.

By David Hocking

The ability to ambush, capture and tear apart penguins at the water’s edge has earned leopard seals a fearsome reputation. However, new research suggests that these top predators are also able to “filter feed” on krill by using their ferocious-looking cheek teeth as a delicate sieve.

David Hocking is a PhD candidate at Monash University and Museum Victoria.

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