The Project: Monitor seal colonies throughout Point.

The southern species squid or other cephalopods. During mating, pupping, and molting seasons, elephant seals can often be spotted hauled out on the beaches along Monterey Bay National.


It gets its name from its massive size and the large proboscis of the adult male, which is used to produce very loud roars, especially.

. The northern elephant seal ( Mirounga angustirostris) and the southern elephant seal ( M. leonina (Linnaeus, 1758).

leonina (Linnaeus, 1758).

History and Present Status of the Northern Elephant Seal Population. . Colonies are located in southern and central coastal California, as far north as Point Reyes and as far south as.

In the early 1800s, it was abundant and widely distributed on the Pacific coast of North America, from Baja California, Mexico to northern California, United States (Scammon 1874; Stewart et al. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC.



A. Elephant seals are the largest extant carnivorans, weighing up to 8,800 pounds.

The northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) possesses a unique recent population history among mammals. angustirostris (Gill, 1866), and southern elephant seals, M.

The remarkable demographic vitality and sustained population increase of northern elephant seals has evidently been unaffected by the species' low genetic variability and contrasts with recent.
RHP asymmetries were measured as differences in estimated mass and prior residency asymmetries were.


Northern elephant seals are one of the apex predators of the Pacific Ocean marine ecosystem and can provide early warning of disruption in marine ecosystem function.

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. . (1994) "History and present status of the. A super weaner (also super-weaner or superweaner) is an exceptionally large elephant seal at weaning age. There are 2 species in this genus: northern elephant seals, M. .

Current optimization theories of sexual selection predict that evolution would favor greater parental investment in individual males than in.

The northern elephant seal, somewhat smaller than its southern relative, ranges over the Pacific coast of the U. There are 2 species in this genus: northern elephant seals, M.


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With protection, the population has increased into the tens of thousands.


Conservation Status.