Southern elephant seal
Head-Body Length:male: 490 cm; female: 300 cm
Weight:male: 2400 kg; female: 680 kg
Identification:The Southern elephant seal is dark silver in color. Males have a thick neck shield and large pendulous proboscis on their nose.
Habitat:Oceans, coasts, ice packs
Diet:Carnivore: fish, squid
Reproduction:After a delayed implantation of three months and gestation period of 11 months, births occur from September to October. The single pup is weaned by 3.5 weeks of age.
Social Structure:Breeding groups include a single male with a harem of up to 50 females. Sex ratios can range up to 300 females for every one male.
Behavior:Elephant seals spend their winters at sea.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:These seals used to be hunted extensively for oil. They are now protected
|Name||Southern elephant seal|
|Other Name||Mirounga leonina|
|Size||male: 490 cm; female: 300 cm|
|Litter Size||single pup|
|Life span||20–22 years|
|Reproduction||After a delayed implantation of three months and gestation period of 11 months, births occur from September to October. The single pup is weaned by 3.5 weeks of age|
|Weight||male: 2400 kg; female: 680 kg|
Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Carnivora
Family – Phocidae
Genus – Mirounga
Genus Species – Mirounga leonina