Sunday, October 14, 2007

Elephant seals

Elephant seals are the largest member of the pinnipeds, weighing up to two and a half tons. That's probably about twice as much as your crappy Honda Civic. In fact, "The record bull, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia in 1913, was 5000 kg (11,000 lb) and 6.9 m (22.5 feet) long." There are actually two species, northern and southern, of which the southern tends to be about 400 kilos heavier.

Not convinced that an elephant seal is totally better than you? How about this - "There is a highly polygynous mating system, with a successful male able to impregnate up to 50 females in one season."

Below might be the best video I've found yet, the soundtrack just screams "elephant seals fighting." I especially like when, around 0:45, the seal rears its head back and charges the other guy.

Maybe we'll do bears tomorrow!

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