Southern elephant seal

Southern elephant seal

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Caption: Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina). Female seal swimming in shallow water. Female (cow) elephant seals lack the trunk-like proboscis found on the males, which gives the seal its name. The southern elephant seal spends 10 months of the year diving to forage for food, which mainly consists of squid. Females can reach up to 3 metres in length and weigh up to 875 kilogrammes. Elephant seals only go ashore twice a year: once in the winter months to breed, and once in the summer months to moult. Photographed off Signy Island, South Orkney Islands.

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