The Bull Elephant Seal


The bull Elephant Seal is a massive mammal. The Southern Elephant Seal male adult can weigh more than two SUVs at up to eight thousand pounds and have an overall length of 20 feet. These behemoths reside in Antarctica.  The images below are of California’s Northern Elephant Seals and can weigh a mere 4,000 pounds or one large SUV.  It’s mating season currently along California’s coast and a male can have up to 50 females in his harem.  They have just returned from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska where they bulked up on squid and other ocean delicacies.  They have the ability to dive up to a mile below the ocean’s surface for as long as two hours. Of course, it’s obvious where they received their names.

 

An elephant seal along California's Pacific Ocean Coast near San Simeon.

 

An elephant seal along California's Pacific Ocean Coast near San Simeon.

 

ENDANGERED NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL ON PACIFIC OCEAN, CALIFORNIA

 

An elephant seal along California's Pacific Ocean Coast near San Simeon.

Categories: Photography

18 comments

  1. Great post. Did you take them at Ano Nuevo Park?

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  2. They are so homely, they’re artistic in an odd way. Bravo for accomplishing that!

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  3. I think they would scare me to death! I expect these were taken with a very long lens? 😉

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  4. Yow! Scary lookin’ creatures.

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  5. Fantastic photos! You really captured the immensity and uniqueness of the elephant seals.

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  6. Amazing creature, diving 1 mile down the ocean! Thank you for letting us see the details, Micheal.
    I have missed your recently posts from my reader… 😕

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