Northern Elephant Seal

Northern Elephant Seal

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Credit: CRAIG K. LORENZ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The large overhanging snout of the mature male Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) appears to be used only for territorial defence during the breeding season. When relaxed, the snout measures nearly a foot long and hangs over the mouth. When inflated, the snout is used to snort out a loud, resonant challange to other males. San Simeon, Ca.

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Keywords: animal, elephant seal, fauna, mammal, marine, mirounga, mirounga angustirostris, nature, northern elephant seal, pinniped, seal, snout, wildlife

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