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Pacific harbor seals on sandy beach at the edge of the ocean, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California Northern elephant seal, sunset.  Scars on neck and chest are from territorial battles with other adult males. Big Sur, Mirounga angustirostris, Gorda Pacific harbor seal, an sand at the edge of the sea, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California
Pacific harbor seals on sandy beach at the edge of the ocean.
Image ID: 20213  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
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
 
Pacific harbor seal, an sand at the edge of the sea.
Image ID: 26321  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Pacific harbor seal.
Image ID: 15767  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
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
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, 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 seals, 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.
Image ID: 35143  
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: 35144  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35145  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California 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 seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35146  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35148  
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: 35150  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, 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, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35151  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35152  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35153  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35154  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35155  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal.
Image ID: 15766  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, 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, 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 Pacific harbor seals, a tiny pup nuzzles an adult (not its mother), Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, 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.
Image ID: 20377  
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.
Image ID: 20407  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seals, a tiny pup nuzzles an adult (not its mother).
Image ID: 20446  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal yawns and stretches on a sandy beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California Pacific harbor seal stretches on a sandy beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California
Pacific harbor seal yawns and stretches on a sandy beach.
Image ID: 20447  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal stretches on a sandy beach.
Image ID: 20449  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal.
Image ID: 20450  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.  The Piedras Blancas lighthouse is visible in upper left Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon Southern elephant seal, juvenile. The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed. It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Shingle Cove, Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands, Southern Ocean This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon. The Piedras Blancas lighthouse is visible in upper left.
Image ID: 20355  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.
Image ID: 20358  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Southern elephant seal, juvenile. The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed. It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood.
Image ID: 25029  
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina
Location: Shingle Cove, Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands, Southern Ocean
 


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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Crabeater Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Harbor Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Harbor Seal  >  La Jolla Seal Controversy
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Leopard Seal
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
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Weddell Seal
Gallery  >  Antarctica
Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Guadalupe Island
Gallery  >  La Jolla
Gallery  >  San Diego
Gallery  >  Seals and Sea Lions
Gallery  >  South Georgia Island
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  >  Antarctica
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  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla Seals / Childrens Pool
Location  >  World  >  Antarctica  >  Antarctic Peninsula  >  Andvord Bay  >  Neko Harbour
Location  >  World  >  Antarctica  >  Antarctic Peninsula  >  Cierva Cove
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
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
Subject  >  Technique  >  Underwater

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Hydrurga leptonyx
Leptonychotes weddellii
Lobodon carcinophagus
Mirounga angustirostris
Mirounga leonina
Phoca vitulina richardsi

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