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northern elephant seal

Mirounga angustirostris

Description:

Enormous.

Habitat:

Most of their life is spent at sea, coming to somewhat isolated beaches to breed.

Notes:

Mainland breeding sites expanding. I think Ano Nuevo was the only one for a while. Now there is a group at Point Reyes north of San Francisco.

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Jeff Dreier
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Jeff Dreier

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 14, 2011
Submitted on Mar 16, 2014

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