Photo Captures the Last Moment of a Penguins Life Before Its Snapped Up By a Seal

Credit: Amos Nachoum/Amos Photography

It’s the circle of life. And, for underwater wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum, his job to capture it.

His incredible image of a leopard seal preparing to devour a young penguin in Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula was taken in 2009 but was recently awarded “Best in Show” for 2012 by the American Photographic Artists.

Nachoum, 63, told the Telegraph leopard seals wait in shallow water, pretending to be rocks with their heads just above the water, until an unwitting penguin gets too close.

“Young penguins go to the shallow water to play and they are not familiar with the leopard seals’ ambushing act,” he said.

(h/t ABC News)