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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.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, 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 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. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California. National Marine Sanctuaries Photo.
Image ID: 15388  
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. National Marine Sanctuaries Picture.
Image ID: 15408  
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. Stock Photography of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 15521  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight in the surf for access for mating females that are in estrous.  Such fighting among elephant seals can take place on the beach or in the water.  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 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 California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight in the surf for access for mating females that are in estrous. Such fighting among elephant seals can take place on the beach or in the water. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Photograph of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 20370  
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. National Marine Sanctuaries Photos.
Image ID: 20371  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks. National Marine Sanctuaries Image.
Image ID: 21586  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave North Pacific humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Aggregating anemone detail, Anthopleura elegantissima, San Miguel Island
A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave. Professional stock photos of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 23423  
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale. Pictures of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 00167  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Aggregating anemone detail. National Marine Sanctuaries Photo.
Image ID: 00290  
Species: Aggregating anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island Northern elephant seal,  mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, Monterey
California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest. National Marine Sanctuaries Picture.
Image ID: 00619  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal, mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta. Stock Photography of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 00945  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lions. Photograph of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 00957  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus, San Miguel Island Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus, San Miguel Island Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California
Northern fur seal. National Marine Sanctuaries Photos.
Image ID: 00965  
Species: Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
Northern fur seal. National Marine Sanctuaries Image.
Image ID: 00967  
Species: Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
Gray whale. Professional stock photos of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 01182  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, Monterey California sea lion, thermoregulating, Zalophus californianus, Monterey North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui
California sea lion. Pictures of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 01924  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, thermoregulating. National Marine Sanctuaries Photo.
Image ID: 01956  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska. National Marine Sanctuaries Picture.
Image ID: 02154  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Kelp frond in motion, time exposure, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island Kelp stipe and blades, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island
Kelp frond in motion, time exposure. Stock Photography of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 02344  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts. Photograph of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 02436  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp stipe and blades. National Marine Sanctuaries Photos.
Image ID: 02498  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Green sea turtle, West Maui, Chelonia mydas California sea lion haulout, juveniles and adult male, Zalophus californianus, Monterey California sea lion colony, Zalophus californianus, Monterey
Green sea turtle, West Maui. National Marine Sanctuaries Image.
Image ID: 02909  
Species: Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
California sea lion haulout, juveniles and adult male. Professional stock photos of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 02913  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion colony. Pictures of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 03226  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California bat ray swimming amidst giant kelp forest, Myliobatis californica, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island California sea lion, Webster Point rookery, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island California sea lion, Webster Point rookery, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island
California bat ray swimming amidst giant kelp forest. National Marine Sanctuaries Photo.
Image ID: 03414  
Species: California bat ray, Myliobatis californica, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery. National Marine Sanctuaries Picture.
Image ID: 03803  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery. Stock Photography of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 03804  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island California sea lion, Webster Point rookery, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island California sea lion, Webster Point rookery, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery. Photograph of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Image ID: 03807  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery. National Marine Sanctuaries Photos.
Image ID: 03811  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, Webster Point rookery. National Marine Sanctuaries Image.
Image ID: 03812  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 

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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Anthopleura elegantissima
Balaenoptera musculus
Balanophyllia elegans
Cadlina luteomarginata
Callorhinus ursinus
Chelonia mydas
Corynactis californica
Cypraea spadicea
Delonovolva aequalis
Delphinus delphis
Enhydra lutris
Epiactis prolifera
Eschrichtius robustus
Eudistylia polymorpha
Hermissenda crassicornis
Hydractinia milleri
Macrocystis pyrifera
Megaptera novaeangliae
Mirounga angustirostris
Myliobatis californica
Stenella longirostris
Torpedo californica
Tursiops truncatus
Zalophus californianus

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