Obesity in animals a happy elephant seal

Obesity in animals a happy elephant seal

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A large subadult male southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) showing the tendency for the species to accumulate huge fat deposits under the skin without deleterious effects on health. It serves a variety of purposes including a buffer against periodic food shortage, physical protection and bulk in fights, and insulation in extreme cold. This elephant seal was photographed on Seal Island in the Falklands / Malvinas.

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Keywords: animals, elephant, falklands, fat, health, healthy, insulation, leonina, mirounga, obese, obesity, seal, southern, wild

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