In the series, Leon sheds his skin, which is unfamiliar to us since he is a mammal. To confirm if this is true, we found his real-life version, the Southern Elephant Seal. With that, here is Leon of Octonauts in real life.
Let’s start by comparing their appearances. Leon is a large, gray seal with a blubber, a fin, and an elephant-like trunk. Likewise, Southern Elephant seals are the largest of all the seal families. They can grow up to 20 feet long. Additionally, they are called Elephant seals because of their trunk-like snouts.
Let’s compare their abilities! Leon likes to dive underwater, wrestling with the other seals, and he can molt. To confirm this, Southern Elephant seals are great divers. According to National Geographic, they can dive over 4,921 feet and can remain underwater for two hours! If we’re going to relate this to humans, this activity can be fatal.
Though they might appear to spend their lives often on land, they prefer the sea more. According to Oceana, they only come to the shore to molt their skins or reproduce. Then they spend the whole year feeding in the ocean or diving to find their prey.
Next, Leon’s liking for wrestling can be for fun, but in reality, wrestling is a way for male seals to find their mates and determine their territories’ ownership. These encounters can be aggressive and violent, that this activity results in bloodshed. The loser has to suffer serious injury.
Confirming why Leon molts is that Southern Elephant Seals needed to shed on land for proper blood circulation. Thus, it explains why Leon was sick when he molted underwater. According to ElephantSeals.org, seals don’t grow hair and skin continuously as we do.
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