FREDERIC MICHEL / BIOSPHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FREDERIC MICHEL / BIOSPHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Female southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) lying on a beach in the snow. The southern elephant seal is the largest of the seals, with males weighing up to five tonnes and reaching lengths of more than six metres. Females are much smaller, weighing less than a tonne and rarely exceeding three metres. This seal feeds on fish and squid, catching them in deep dives down to a kilometre or more below the surface. In the breeding season they come ashore and the huge bull males fight for territory on beaches, attracting a harem of females. The southern elephant seal is the largest member of the diverse mammal order Carnivora, weighing some 200,000 times as much as the smallest, the least weasel. Filmed on South Georgia Island, in the South Atlantic Ocean.
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