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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 A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side.  This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey 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
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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photo.
Image ID: 15458  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side. This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Picture.
Image ID: 01135  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, 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. Stock Photography of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 20369  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Sea otters mating.  The male holds the female's head or nose with his jaws during copulation. Visible scars are often present on females from this behavior.  Sea otters have a polygynous mating system. Many males actively defend territories and will mate with females that inhabit their territory or seek out females in estrus if no territory is established. Males and females typically bond for the duration of estrus, or about 3 days, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, 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 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, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Sea otters mating. The male holds the female's head or nose with his jaws during copulation. Visible scars are often present on females from this behavior. Sea otters have a polygynous mating system. Many males actively defend territories and will mate with females that inhabit their territory or seek out females in estrus if no territory is established. Males and females typically bond for the duration of estrus, or about 3 days. Photograph of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 21606  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, 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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photos.
Image ID: 15394  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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 Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Image.
Image ID: 35133  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lion, with monofiliment cut, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Gray whale, blow, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
California sea lion, with monofiliment cut. Professional stock photos of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 00958  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale, blow. Pictures of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 01173  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photo.
Image ID: 35136  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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 sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Picture.
Image ID: 20388  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat. Stock Photography of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 21602  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Photograph of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 35130  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California 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, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photos.
Image ID: 35131  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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 Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Image.
Image ID: 35132  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Professional stock photos of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 35134  
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, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near 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
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 Pictures of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 35135  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photo.
Image ID: 35140  
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 Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Picture.
Image ID: 35147  
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 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 Stock Photography of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 35149  
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. Central California. Photograph of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 15387  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photos.
Image ID: 15388  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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 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 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
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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Image.
Image ID: 15408  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California. Professional stock photos of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 15521  
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. Pictures of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 20370  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus Northern elephant seal,  mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta, 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. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photo.
Image ID: 20371  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Picture.
Image ID: 21586  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal, mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta. Stock Photography of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 00945  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, Monterey
California sea lions. Photograph of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image ID: 00957  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Photos.
Image ID: 01182  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Image.
Image ID: 01924  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 

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Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Juvenile / Calf
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Neonatal / Embryonic Fold
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Whale Fluke / Tail
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Behavior  >  Whale Blow / Spout
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Otter  >  Sea Otter
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Anemone
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Corallimorphs / False Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Hard / Stony Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Crustacean  >  Barnacle
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Anatomy  >  Polyp
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Feeding
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Reproduction / Mating
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Mollusk  >  Gastropods / Snail  >  Nudibranch / Sea Slug
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
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  >  Ear
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Elephant Seal Proboscis
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Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Scar / Wound
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Sexual Dimorphism / Male - Female Difference
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Whisker
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Elephant Seal Bellowing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mating / Courtship
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Balanophyllia elegans
Cadlina luteomarginata
Corynactis californica
Enhydra lutris
Epiactis prolifera
Eschrichtius robustus
Hermissenda crassicornis
Megabalanus californicus
Mirounga angustirostris
Zalophus californianus

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Updated: September 18, 2019