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A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing.  Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Elephant seal pup nurses.  The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea.  The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California An adult male elephant seal rests on a wet beach.  He displays the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15411  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Elephant seal pup nurses. The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea. The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food.
Image ID: 15419  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An adult male elephant seal rests on a wet beach. He displays the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory. Central California.
Image ID: 15439  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An adult male elephant seal rests on a sandy beach.  He shows the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals, as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon An adult male elephant seal rests on a wet beach.  He displays the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing.  Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
An adult male elephant seal rests on a sandy beach. He shows the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals, as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory. Central California.
Image ID: 15440  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An adult male elephant seal rests on a wet beach. He displays the enormous proboscis characteristic of male elephant seals as well as considerable scarring on his neck from fighting with other males for territory. Central California.
Image ID: 15442  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15447  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Having just given birth moments before, a mother elephant seal barks at seagulls that are feasting on the placenta and birth tissues.  The pup is unharmed; the interaction is a common one between elephant seals and gulls.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Image ID: 15453  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Having just given birth moments before, a mother elephant seal barks at seagulls that are feasting on the placenta and birth tissues. The pup is unharmed; the interaction is a common one between elephant seals and gulls. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15481  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15522  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females.  Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem.  They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides.
Image ID: 20375  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 20385  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.
Image ID: 20393  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon, Mirounga angustirostris Mother elephant seal and her pup.  The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea.  The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California An enormous male elephant seal dwarfs a tiny pup.  The bull is not interested in the pup and will typically ignore the pup, but the bull will not hesitate to run the pup over as it moves through the crowd on the beach, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.
Image ID: 20397  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Mother elephant seal and her pup. The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea. The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food.
Image ID: 20402  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An enormous male elephant seal dwarfs a tiny pup. The bull is not interested in the pup and will typically ignore the pup, but the bull will not hesitate to run the pup over as it moves through the crowd on the beach.
Image ID: 20403  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Mother elephant seal and her pup.  The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea.  The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females.  Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem.  They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Partially obscured by coastal morning fog, this male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Mother elephant seal and her pup. The pup will nurse for 27 days, when the mother stops lactating and returns to the sea. The pup will stay on the beach 12 more weeks until it becomes hungry and begins to forage for food.
Image ID: 20405  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides.
Image ID: 20413  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Partially obscured by coastal morning fog, this male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 20418  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Southern elephant seal, juvenile.  The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed.  It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Hercules Bay Southern elephant seals, gathered in a small colony near the ocean, a pinniped wallow, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Juvenile northern elephant seal, underwater, San Benito Islands, Mirounga angustirostris, San Benito Islands (Islas San Benito)
Southern elephant seal, juvenile. The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed. It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood.
Image ID: 24579  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Hercules Bay, South Georgia Island
 
Southern elephant seals, gathered in a small colony near the ocean, a pinniped wallow.
Image ID: 25916  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Juvenile northern elephant seal, underwater, San Benito Islands.
Image ID: 10034  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: San Benito Islands (Islas San Benito), Baja California, Mexico
 
Northern elephant seal, underwater, San Benito Islands, Mirounga angustirostris, San Benito Islands (Islas San Benito) Southern elephant seal, juveniles mock sparring, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Southern elephant seal, hind flipper detail, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island
Northern elephant seal, underwater, San Benito Islands.
Image ID: 10035  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: San Benito Islands (Islas San Benito), Baja California, Mexico
 
Southern elephant seal, juveniles mock sparring.
Image ID: 25917  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal, hind flipper detail.
Image ID: 25918  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Southern elephant seal, juveniles mock sparring, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island
Southern elephant seal.
Image ID: 25919  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal.
Image ID: 25920  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal, juveniles mock sparring.
Image ID: 25921  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina, Livingston Island
Southern elephant seal.
Image ID: 25924  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal.
Image ID: 25925  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 
Southern elephant seal.
Image ID: 25927  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 


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Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Bird  >  Penguin  >  Gentoo Penguin
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Female Disputes
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Fighting Elephant Seals
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Elephant Seal Proboscis
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Scar / Wound
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Sexual Dimorphism / Male - Female Difference
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Elephant Seal Bellowing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mating / Courtship
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mother / Pup / Nurturing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Nursing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Territorial Dispute
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Southern Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Antarctica
Gallery  >  California
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Gallery  >  Guadalupe Island
Gallery  >  South Georgia Island
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Location  >  Oceans  >  Atlantic  >  South Georgia Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  San Benito Island (Islas San Benito)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Southern Ocean  >  South Orkney Islands
Location  >  Oceans  >  Southern Ocean  >  South Shetland Islands
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  International  >  Isla Guadalupe Special Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)  >  Piedras Blancas
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  San Benito Island (Islas San Benito)
Location  >  World  >  United Kingdom  >  British Antarctic Territory  >  South Orkney Islands  >  Coronation Island
Location  >  World  >  United Kingdom  >  British Antarctic Territory  >  South Orkney Islands  >  Coronation Island  >  Shingle Cove
Location  >  World  >  United Kingdom  >  British Antarctic Territory  >  South Shetland Islands  >  Livingston Island  >  Hannah Point
Location  >  World  >  United Kingdom  >  South Georgia Island  >  Fortuna Bay
Location  >  World  >  United Kingdom  >  South Georgia Island  >  Godthul
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