Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53981

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Phocidae
Genus:Mirounga
Genus species:Mirounga leonina

Animal Characteristics

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.
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.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Antarctic Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Southern elephant seal
sea mammal
Elephant seals
Phocidae
Seals (Animals)
Pinnipedia
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Coastal animals