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Serande Two Bull Elephants fighting over Female  Jelly Fish - Monterrey Aquarium  

Additional information can be found at:

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Pacific Marine 
Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, California, USA   92651
phone (949) 494-3050

Friends of the Elephant Seal
Plaza del Cavalier
250 San Simeon Ave. Suite 3B
San Simeon, Ca  93452

Marine Mammal Center

Marin Headlands
1065 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965



San Simeon - Photography by Charles Parks

Elephant seals Mirounga angustirostris are true seals, or earless seals, members of the pinniped suborder

The elephant seals take their name from the great size of their bodies and the large probosis of the adult males (bulls). That nose is used in producing extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. The largest known bull elephant seal was 6.7 meters (about 22 feet) in length and weighed 3400 kilograms (three and three quarter tons). Therfore the Elephant seal is the largest member of the order Carnivora that ever lived

In the 1880's northern elephant seals were thought to be extinct, harvested by shore whalers and sealers for their blubber. The oil obtained from elephant seals is second in quality only to the sperm whale. A small group of between 20-100 elephant seals that bred on Guadalupe Island, off Baja California, survived the ravages of the seal hunts. Protected first by Mexico and later by the United States, they have steadily expanded their range. Today they are protected from hunting and harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The total population estimate for northern elephant seals in 2003 is around 150,000

These unique animals have been a constant source of inspiration to me and I encourage you to visit the links in the upper right column

Posing - San Simeon - 24x30 on Canvas Bay Watch San Simeon - Naptime Elephant Seals
Posing  Baywatch Nap Time

Seranade Lord of San Simeon Weiner - Baby Elephant Seal
Seranade Lord of San Simeon Weiner