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Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35140  
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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35150  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35152  
Southern elephant seal, pup nursing, 'Mirounga leonina, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina, Puerto Piramides, Chubut
Southern elephant seal, pup nursing, 'Mirounga leonina, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.
Location: Puerto Piramides, Chubut, Argentina
Image ID: 35962  
African elephant herd, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant herd, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Image ID: 29829  
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Northern elephant seal.
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Image ID: 26695  
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
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15387  
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
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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15388  
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
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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15408  
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
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15521  
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 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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 20370  
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 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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 20371  
Northern elephant seal,  mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Northern elephant seal, mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 00945  
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Northern elephant seal.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 03508  
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
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.
Species: Cardon cactus, Pachycereus pringlei
Location: La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 05498  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29488  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29519  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29542  
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
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.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15460  
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
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15489  
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Northern elephant seal.
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Image ID: 26692  
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Northern elephant seal.
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Image ID: 26697  
Northern elephant seal, sunset.  Scars on neck and chest are from territorial battles with other adult males. Big Sur, Mirounga angustirostris, Gorda
Northern elephant seal, sunset. Scars on neck and chest are from territorial battles with other adult males. Big Sur.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Gorda, Big Sur, California
Image ID: 10037  
African elephant herd, Meru National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant herd, Meru National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Meru National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29748  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29507  
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29533  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29544  
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29548  
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Loxodonta africana
African elephant herd, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Species: African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Image ID: 29588  
Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Northern elephant seal.
Species: Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Image ID: 26689  
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