“Elephants” of the Pacific

Northern Elephant Seal [Mirounga angustirostris]
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Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth [Bradypus variegatus]A recent journey to California enlightened us to the wildlife spectacle to be seen right here in the lower 48 of North America.....the elephant seal breeding season. From September through November the juveniles and sub-adult males return in vast numbers to their favorite beaches along the California coast to rest, play fight and fast in preparation for adulthood. And then in December the adult males arrive to fight for breeding rights for up to 100 days, all without food or water. It is during this time period that the adult females too are hauling out to have their young and breed with the dominant males. Of a population of 17,000 seals that make the rookery near Piedras Blancas California their part-time home, thousands can be found there from January through May. A wild spectacle!
Northern Elephant Seal [Mirounga angustirostris]
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