Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53992

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.8-4.8 m
Weight:900-2300 kg
Identification:The Northern elephant seal has tan to gray coloration. They have no spots or external ears, and their hind flippers cannot curl forward. Males have a large snout.
Habitat:Warm waters
Diet:Carnivore: squid, fish, sharks, rays
Reproduction:Pups are born in late December. A day or two later, the female will mate with a dominant male. The gestation period is 350 days long.
While at sea, elephant seals are solitary. While on the beach, small harems are formed.
Behavior:A male's large snout is used for territorial defense during the breeding season. He will make a loud snort to challenge any other males in the area.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of these large seals include large sharks and killer whales.

Other Information

Geographic:Northeastern rim of Pacific Ocean
Coast of Western North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Northern elephant seal
sea mammal
Elephant seals
Phocidae
Seals (Animals)
Pinnipedia
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Coastal animals