Largest of all seals. The species was hunted nearly to extinction for its oil. By the late 1800s there were fewer than 20 known individuals remaining.
Elephant Seals are among the deepest diving marine mammals. Bulls have been documented to dive to depths of over 2600 feet and stay submerged for over 20 minutes.
Pups are nursed for a short four to eight weeks before being left to fend for themselves. Weaned pups group together spending much of their time onshore for an additional few months but soon move ever farther offshore to forage for food.
Range: Gulf of Alaska to Baja California
Species: Mirounga angustirostris
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