SOUTHERN
ELEPHANT SEAL

There are few things in nature more magnificently grotesque than a male elephant seal – 2,000kg of blubber, a battle-scarred face and that extraordinary snout. Head to Sea Lion Island in the Falklands to witness these giants fighting over their harems (Oct-Nov for fighting males and pupping season). You can also find colonies of southern elephant seal on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia and also in Antarctica, Argentina. The northern elephant seal, meanwhile, is found mainly along the northwest Pacific coast – several beaches along the Californian coast have haul-outs.  

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