Southern elephant seals are greyish-brown and have thick blubber under their skin. Adult males have a trunk-like nose to amplify their sound, especially during the breeding season. Their eyes are round, large, and black, with a high density of low-light pigment to spot prey under the sea. Their hind limbs are in a tail to help them propel in water but are unfit for locomotion on the land. Hence, they use their pectoral fins to support and move their bodies.
Only the most dominant and the strongest male can mate with the females and defend its harem. The cruel reality is almost 90% of males die before they can develop a harem.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No