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African elephant herd, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Loxodonta africana Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris 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
African elephant herd, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Image ID: 29829  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
 
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26695  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
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: 15387  
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.  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.
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.
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.
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 Northern elephant seal,  mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
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.
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.
Image ID: 20371  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal, mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta.
Image ID: 00945  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Cardon cactus, near La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.  Known as the elephant cactus or Mexican giant cactus, cardon is largest cactus in the world and is endemic to the deserts of the Baja California peninsula.  Some specimens of cardon have been measured over 21m (70) high.  These slow-growing plants live up to 300 years and can weigh 25 tons.  Cardon is often mistaken for the superficially similar saguaro of Arizona and Sonora, but the saguaro does not occupy Baja California, Pachycereus pringlei African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 03508  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
 
Cardon cactus, near La Paz, Baja California, Mexico. Known as the elephant cactus or Mexican giant cactus, cardon is largest cactus in the world and is endemic to the deserts of the Baja California peninsula. Some specimens of cardon have been measured over 21m (70) high. These slow-growing plants live up to 300 years and can weigh 25 tons. Cardon is often mistaken for the superficially similar saguaro of Arizona and Sonora, but the saguaro does not occupy Baja California.
Image ID: 05498  
Species: Cardon cactus, Pachycereus pringlei
Location: La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29488  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach.  The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29519  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29542  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach. The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Image ID: 15460  
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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
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: 15489  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26692  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26697  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
Northern elephant seal, sunset.  Scars on neck and chest are from territorial battles with other adult males. Big Sur, Mirounga angustirostris, Gorda African elephant herd, Meru National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Northern elephant seal, sunset. Scars on neck and chest are from territorial battles with other adult males. Big Sur.
Image ID: 10037  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Gorda, Big Sur, California, USA
 
African elephant herd, Meru National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29748  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Meru National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29507  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29533  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29544  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29548  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Image ID: 29588  
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
 
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26689  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26691  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris Northern elephant seals, 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. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Northern elephant seal.
Image ID: 26693  
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35141  
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. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35142  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Elephant
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal
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  >  Territorial Dispute
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Southern Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Amboseli National Park
Gallery  >  Antarctica
Gallery  >  California
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Gallery  >  Guadalupe Island
Gallery  >  Kenya Safari
Gallery  >  Landscape Astrophotography
Gallery  >  Maasai Mara National Reserve
Gallery  >  Meru National Park
Gallery  >  New Work April 2013
Gallery  >  Night
Gallery  >  Seals and Sea Lions
Gallery  >  South Georgia Island
Gallery  >  Valley of Fire
Gallery  >  Wildlife Portraits
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  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  State Parks  >  Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  USA  >  Nevada  >  Valley of Fire State Park
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Amboseli National Park
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Maasai Mara National Reserve
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Meru National Park
Location  >  World  >  Mexico
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  >  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  >  Hercules Bay
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