Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53995

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 is tan to gray in color. Some unusual characteristics include no external ears, no spots on their body, 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