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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.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table 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) Add To Light Table
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: 15520  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 09718  
Species: Guadalupe fur seal, Arctocephalus townsendi
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
 


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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Guadalupe Fur Seal
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Endemic Species  >  Guadalupe Island
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Bear  >  Bear Behavior  >  Brown Bears Fighting
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Bear  >  Brown Bear
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Bear  >  Grizzly Bear
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Elephant
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Guadalupe Fur 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 Behavior  >  Elephant Seal Bellowing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Territorial Dispute
Gallery  >  Amboseli National Park
Gallery  >  Brown Bears
Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Guadalupe Fur Seal
Gallery  >  Katmai National Park
Gallery  >  Kenya Safari
Gallery  >  Seals and Sea Lions
Gallery  >  Wildlife Portraits
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  San Nicholas 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  >  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  >  National Parks  >  Katmai National Park (Alaska)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Parks  >  Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)
Location  >  USA  >  Alaska  >  Katmai National Park  >  Brooks River
Location  >  USA  >  Alaska  >  Lake Clark National Park
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Location  >  World  >  Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Browning Pass
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Amboseli National Park
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Maasai Mara National Reserve
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  San Benito Island (Islas San Benito)

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Arctocephalus townsendi
Loxodonta africana
Mirounga angustirostris
Ursus arctos
Zalophus californianus

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