Alpha Male Elephant Seal poses with proboscis elevated in a display of power.

Alpha Male Elephant Seal poses with proboscis elevated in a display of power.
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Image by mikebaird
Alpha Male Elephant Seal poses with proboscis elevated in a display of power.

Northern Elephant Seals (M. angustirostris) (Mirounga angustirostris) at sunrise early light at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA . 07 Jan 2014. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to about 17,000 animals. Looking south from the main observation area and boardwalk.

See Friends of the Elephant Seal’s www.elephantseal.org/ for more information. Wiki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_elephant_seal says “The northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) is one of two species of elephant seal (the other is the southern elephant seal). It is a member of the family Phocidae ("true seals"). Elephant seals derive their name from their great size and from the male’s large proboscis, which is used in making extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating competition. Sexual dimorphism in size is great: The males can grow to 14 ft (4 m) and 5,000 lb (2,300 kg), while the females grow to 11 ft (3 m) and 1,400 lb (640 kg). Correspondingly, the mating system is highly polygynous; a successful male is able to impregnate up to 50 females in one season.”

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Photo © 2014 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com. Canon 5D Mark III, with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, with no circular polarizer filter, tripod, ballhead, IS on. GPS encoding and compass direction realtime from an on-camera Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver.
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One Response to Alpha Male Elephant Seal poses with proboscis elevated in a display of power.

  1. Jill Clardy says:

    He wears the scars of many battles !

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