10 March, 2006

Following the tragic death of Kirsty Brown, who was attacked and drowned by a leopard seal in July 2003 a one-year study, sponsored by the Kirsty Brown Fund and hosted at British Antarctic Survey, was set up to review the available information on humans and leopard seals in the Antarctic. Data on interactions between humans and leopard seals, from over 180 questionnaires and interviews, were analysed to provide the information required for any assessment of the risks posed by leopard seals to people working in the Antarctic. The results have been published in the journal Antarctic Science and the full report is available to download below.