SOUTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL

GRACE.KOROVATA

LATIN NAME

There latin name is ''MIROUNGA LEONINA''

LOCATION

These species live in the Antarctic and Subantic Waters

COLOUR

These Southern Elephant Seals have a range of colours from brown/grey and silver/grey

WEIGHT

They can weigh up to 2.2 - 5 tonnes

LENGTH

They can grow up to 4.2 - 6m

LIFE EXPECTANCY

They can live up to 23 years on average

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

They get their name from the large , inflatable , trunk-like proboscis that is present in males.They use this to enhance their vocalisations during the breeding season.

HABITAT

Southern Elephant Seals are found in Antarctic and Subantarctic Waters.They only come ashore to breed at spend the rest of their time in the sea
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DIET

They feed upon fish and squid.When foraging , their average dives are v=between 300 - 800m and they stay underwater for up to 20mins.They can dive to depths of 1500m and stay submerged for up tp 2 hours.

BREEDING

Southern Elephant Seals breed each year between August and November after a gestation period of 7-9 months a a single pup weighs approximately 42.5kg thye pup is weaned after 20-25 days.

PREDATORS

The predators for the Southern Elephant Seal is Killer Whale,large sharks such as a Geat White and Leopard Seals