Mirounga angustirostris


More commonly known as the Northern Elephant Seal. Elephant seals get their name from their huge size (Male’s can get up to 5,000 pounds) and from the male’s large proboscis, which is used in making extremely loud snorting noises during the mating season. A successful bull is able to impregnate up to 50 females in one season. I’m impressed. Click on link for seal sounds Seal Sounds Post

Females grow up to 1,700 pounds. A pregnant female spends 7 to 8 months at sea and then comes back to land to give birth. While nursing and weening her pup, she will lose up to 40% of her body weight.

Pups weigh between 60 and 80 pounds at birth and after weening for 1 month, weigh up to 350 pounds. Quite a growth spurt!

Question!  What do you call a breeding colony of seals? Answer below.

 

Elephant seals at Piedras Blancas,  along California’s Central Coast.

 

 

Say Ah.                  AAAAAhhhhhhhhh…….

 

That’s quite a proboscis you have there.

 

Elephant seals flip sand on their backs to keep cool. This is a cool looking seal!

 

ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz………..

 

Hmmmmmm….

 

Honey, can you get me a beer!

 

Couldn’t quite figure out why seagulls were hanging around seals

 

 

Answer to question above. A breeding colony of seals is referred to as a rookery.  Nesting birds also use this term.

 

 

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Gosh, they are massive! Such interesting creatures to see en masse.

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  2. Now I learned why seals are flipping sand on their back, to keep cool, I always wondered about this action. Thank you for this great and funny post.

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