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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 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, 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 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 Two mature brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two mature brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two young brown bears mock fighting, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two young brown bears mock fighting, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two mature brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two mature brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Two mature brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Brown bears fight to establish hierarchy and fishing rights, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Brown bear bearing scars and wounds about its head from past fighting with other bears to establish territory and fishing rights. Brooks River, Ursus arctos, Katmai National Park, Alaska Northern elephant, adult male, wounds from territorial fighting, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Young adult male northern elephant seal, mock jousting/fighting, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Young adult male northern elephant seal, mock jousting/fighting, 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.  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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Bull elephant seal lies on the sand.  This old male shows the huge proboscis characteristic of this species, as well as considerable 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 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 Adult male Guadalupe fur seals fighting over territorial boundaries during summer mating season.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

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