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southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)
Subject: southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)
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southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)

English: southern elephant-seal (Mirounga leonina) male on northern shore of Kerguelen Islands
Français : éléphant de mer du sud (Mirounga leonina) mâle sur la côte nord des îles Kerguelen
Deutsch: Südlicher See-Elefant (Mirounga leonina, Männchen) an der Nordküste der Kerguelen-Inseln
Date 1999
Source self-made (scan of paper photo)
Author B.navez

The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) is one of the two extant species of elephant seals. It is both the largest pinniped and member of the order Carnivora living today, as well as the largest Antarctic seal. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. Rather larger at average than the male northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) (which is 40% lighter) and male walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) (the average North Pacific bull, of the larger race, is 2.5 times lighter), the adult bull southern elephant seal is without rival the largest carnivoran alive. An average adult male southern elephant seal weighs six to seven times more than the largest terrestrial carnivorans, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). Order: Carnivora, Suborder: Pinnipedia, Family: Phocidae, Synonyms: Phoca leonina Linnaeus, 1758.

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