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Sea Elephants


Sea Elephants
Photo Information
Copyright: Olgierd Rozycki (rolesox) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 173] (1940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-12
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-27 10:46
Viewed: 4236
Points: 6
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The male and female of the Sea Elephant (Mirounga leonina). This picture was taken at the Admiralty Bay, King George Island. Picture taken during the XVIIth Polish Antarctic Expedi-tion.
The Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) is one of the two extant species of elephant seal. It is both the most massive pinniped and member of the order Carnivora living today. 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.
While the females average 400 to 900 kilograms (880 to 2,000 lb) and 2.6 to 3 meters (8.5 to 9.8 ft) long, the bulls average 2,200 to 4,000 kilograms (4,900 to 8,800 lb) and 4.2 to 5 meters (14 to 16 ft) long. The record-sized bull, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia on February 28, 1913, measured 6.85 meters (22.5 ft) long and was estimated to weigh 5,000 kilograms (11,000 lb). The maximum size of a female is 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) and 3.7 meters (12 ft).
PL – samiec i samica słonia morskiego. Słonie morskie występują w wodach antarktycznych. Samce osiągają średnio długość 4,5 m przy masie 1,5-3,0 t, a maksymalnie 3,7 t i długość 5,8 m. Samice są dużo mniejsze, osiągają długość 2,6-3 m i masę 400-900 kg (maksy-malnie 1000 kg). Słonie morskie żywią się głównie głowonogami (75%) i rybami (25%). Gatunek ten żeruje u wybrzeży Antarktydy, zaś rozmnaża się na wyspach wokółantarktycznych. Słonie morskie spędzają większość czasu w wodzie, nurkują typowo na 20–30 minut, na głębokość od 300 do 500 metrów. W czasie sezonu rozrodczego samce stają się bardzo agresywne. Walczą wtedy między sobą o terytoria, a ich haremy liczą do kilkudziesięciu samic.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6513 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
  • [2012-11-27 13:30]

A very rare specie to see on the gallery of TN and a beautiful capture,i like the point of view and the perspective,magnificent opportunity and excellent result!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

beautiful image with excellent quality. interesting species. Antartica has many species that does not appear in any part of the world. good work.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-11-29 18:57]

Hello, great close up of the elephant seal. Good exposure choice with slightly blurred bg. Excellent sharpness. It isn't ever day we get to see photos from Antartica.
TFS,
Karen

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