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A panicked penguin narrowly escapes the gaping jaws of a hungry leopard seal as it beats it to the rocky shoreline.  Fellow gentoo penguins desperately propel themselves from the icy water after a feeding excursion out at sea.<br />
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The seal, around three and a half metres in length, failed in its attempts to catch the penguins during the ordeal, which lasted around three hours.  South African-born Ben Cranke, 49, spent the day photographing the large gentoo penguin colony on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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Pictured: A penguin jumps out of the water, away from the chasing seal.<br />
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