I'd like to say a few words about Elephant Seals

The southern Elephant Seal or Mirounga leonina, lives in the sea for most of its life but comes to land to breed and give birth to cute little baby elephant seals (see left). They mate during the fall months (August to November). the males are quite a bit bigger than the females and are very protective. a successful male can have as many as 60 females in its "harem". the males establish dominance with their roars and by fighting each other. the bigger the nose the louder the roar and the more likely it is that that male will win in a fight.

They are a close relative of the northern elephant seal (M. angustirostris), which tend to have larger noses but are smaller overall (see right).

As you can see by the picture below, elephant seals are very very sneaky.
Unfortunately many have been killed over the years by seal poachers and were almost extinct. It seems they aren't sneaky enough.

As a final note, I would like to point out that David Attenborough is the fucking man, and if you haven't yet noticed: Elephant Seals are the persiest animal in the world.

now you know

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Anonymous said...

your intriguing post about elephant seals just doubled blidlife's fan base (from monica to monica and wes). - Wes