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Northern Elephant Seal Pups Play Fighting

Mirounga angustirostris

Description:

Spotted elephant seal pups play fighting in the water at the Historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station.

Habitat:

Waters next to the Historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.

Notes:

The northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) is one of two species of elephant seal (the other is the southern elephant seal). It is a member of the family Phocidae ("true seals"). Elephant seals derive their name from their great size and from the male's large proboscis, which is used in making extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating competition. Sexual dimorphism in size is great: The males can grow to 14 ft (4 m) and 5,000 lb (2,300 kg), while the females grow to 11 ft (3 m) and 1,400 lb (640 kg). Correspondingly, the mating system is highly polygynous; a successful male is able to impregnate up to 50 females in one season. Wikipedia

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misako
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misako

California, USA

Spotted on Apr 12, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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