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Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki North Pacific humpback whale, adult male with bloody head nodules wounded from colliding with other escorts during competitive interactions, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Scarring of this humpback whale's fluke allow researchers to identify this particular whale from season to season, Megaptera novaeangliae, Santa Rosa Island, California Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows 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 North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui 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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California A bull elephant seal rears up on his foreflippers, surverying his beach territory.  He displays scarring on his chest and proboscis from fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Bull elephant seal in surf, 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 A bull elephant seal rears up on his foreflippers and bellows, warning nearby males not to enter his beach territory.  This old male shows 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 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 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 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 Brown bear scratching its wounds on a branch. It bears 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 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 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 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 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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California 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 Humpback whale dorsal fin detail, showing small wounds from recent competitive interactions with other whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Galapagos sea lion with shark bite,  South Plaza Island, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki Northern elephant, adult male, wounds from territorial fighting, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California North Pacific humpback whale, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.  This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced by her calf in the background, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale, head nodules (adult male), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor, Trichechus manatus, Homosassa River West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor, Trichechus manatus, Homosassa River West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor, Trichechus manatus, Homosassa River Gray whale dorsal aspect showing injury/wound/indentation likely caused by boat, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki

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