Marine Life

Life Lesson 101…You Don’t Get In An Elephant Seal’s Way

Though the chances are very slim of it actually happening, if there is one species of seal that you really do not want to get angry at you, it’s the elephant seal. A typical rule regarding these massive creatures would be, you respect their space and don’t piss them off.

Now, here’s some thing I did not know about these gigantic animals,there are two species of elephant seals, the northern and southern.

Northern elephant seals can be found in California and Baja California, though they prefer to frequent offshore islands rather than the North American mainland.
 
Southern elephant seals live in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters that feature brutally cold conditions but are rich in the fish, squid, and other marine foods these seals enjoy. Southern elephant seals breed on land but spend their winters in the frigid Antarctic waters near the Antarctic pack ice.

And when breeding season arrives, male elephant seals define and defend territories. They collect a harem of 40 to 50 females, which are much smaller than their enormous mates. Male Elephant Seals fight for dominance over harems while on land, and continuously have to fight to maintain their rank.

The male may have to stay on land to defend his territory for months at a time, meaning he can’t leave to hunt. Battling males use both their weight and their teeth against each other. Fatalities are rare, but the fights can leave the bulls with severe cuts. Elephant Seals range solo while at sea. The image below, is the skull of a northern elephant seal.

Elephant seals migrate in search of food, spending months at sea and often diving deep to forage. They return to their rookeries in winter to breed and give birth. Though both male and female elephant seals spend time at sea, their migration routes and feeding habits differ: Males follow a more consistent route while females vary their routes in pursuit of moving prey.

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