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“THE” Southern Elephant Seal Origin: trunk and sizeOrigin: trunk and size Scientific name: Mirounga leoninaScientific name: Mirounga leonina Found by Linnaeus.

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1 “THE” Southern Elephant Seal Origin: trunk and sizeOrigin: trunk and size Scientific name: Mirounga leoninaScientific name: Mirounga leonina Found by Linnaeus in 1758Found by Linnaeus in 1758 Named by Lydekker in 1909Named by Lydekker in 1909

2 Physical Characteristics Size: Males up to 20 ft (5m), females up to 10 ft (3m) Weight: Males up to 4 T (8818 lb), females up to 1 T (2204 lb) Description Sexual Dimorphism

3 Life cycle Maturity: Males at 9-10 years Females at 3-5 Molting Gestation lasts 11.3 months Longevity

4 Breeding Breeding behaviour Breeding time Weaning time

5 Distribution South Georgia Kerguelen and Heard Macquarie Islands Beaches and grasslands Total Population: 700,000

6 Feeding Squid Fish Small sharks Shrimp octopus

7 Major Threats Exploited until 1964 Killer whales – Sharks Human disasters –fishing nets –Oil spill

8 Bibliography National Marine Sactuary ewsletter/sealviewing.html ewsletter/sealviewing.html


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