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Northern Elephant Seal

Mirounga angustirostris


Large male seals battling for dominance. Each is over ten feet long and easily several thousand pounds. The individual on coming in from the sea was the challenger and was eventually chased off by the alpha on the left, who controlled the largest harem on the beach.


A protected beach near San Simeon, CA.


The male pictured sleeping on the beach was a large but beaten up fringe male on the far side of the beach with only 2 or 3 smaller females, none of which were raising young.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jan 11, 2010
Submitted on Sep 3, 2014

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