Southern elephant seals sparring

Southern elephant seals sparring

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Credit: CHARLOTTE MAIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) male juveniles sparring at the fringes of a breeding group. These juveniles are developing the skills they need to compete with the dominant bulls, who breed with the females in the group and guard them from the attentions of other males. Southern elephant seals live in the open waters of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. They come to land only to breed and to moult. They feed by diving deep to catch fish and squid. Photographed in Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia.

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