Elephant Seal Photo, Mirounga angustirostris



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. Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA, Mirounga angustirostris, natural history stock photograph, photo id 15436Add To Light Table
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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. Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA

Stock Photo: 15436  -?- 
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
Format: Digital 2:3
Other Names: elefante marino, sea elephant, sea cow
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