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Elephant Seal Prints

Young elephant seal name: calf

Female elephant seal: cow

Male elephant seal: bull

A group of elephant seals is called: herd, pack, arrangement

Elephant Seal classification: miroungan

Elephant Seal class: Mammal

Elephant seals are large, oceangoing seals in the genus Mirounga. There are two species: the Northern Elephant Seal (M. angustirostris) and the Southern Elephant Seal (M. leonina). Both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the nineteenth century, but numbers have since recovered. The Northern Elephant Seal, somewhat smaller than its southern relative, ranges over the Pacific coast of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Southern Elephant Seal is found in the southern hemisphere on islands such as South Georgia, Macquarie Island, and on the coasts of New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina in the Peninsula Valds, which is the fourth largest elephant seal colony in the world.

Elephant seals take their name from the large proboscis of the adult males (bulls) which resembles an elephant's trunk. The bull's proboscis is used in producing extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. More importantly, however, the nose acts as a sort of rebreather, filled with cavities designed to reabsorb moisture from the animals' exhalations. This is important during the mating season when the male seals rarely leave the beach to feed, and therefore must conserve body moisture, as they have no incoming source of water. Bulls of both the northern elephant seal and the southern elephant seal reach a length of 16 ft (5 m) and a weight of 6,000 lb (3,000 kg), and are much larger than the cows, which typically measure about 10 ft (3 m) and 2,000 lb (900 kg). The largest known bull elephant seal weighed 5000 kg (11,000 lb) and measured 6.9 m (22.5 ft) in length. This makes the elephant seal the largest member of the order Carnivora.

Elephant seals spend up to 80 percent of their lives in the ocean. They can hold their breath for over 80 minuteslonger than any other non-cetacean mammal. Furthermore, elephant seals possess the ability to dive to 2000 meters beneath the ocean's surface (the deepest recorded dive of an Elephant Seal is 1,581m by a male in 1989). The average depth of their dives is about 300 to 600 meters, typically for around 20 min for females and 60 min (1 hour) for males, as they search for their favorite foods, which are skates, rays, squid, octopuses, eels, penguin, and small sharks. Their stomachs also often contain gastroliths. While excellent swimmers, they are even more surprising on land, where they have a higher velocity than the average human when moving over sand dunes.

Elephant seals are shielded from extreme cold by their blubber, more so than by fur. The animals' hair and outer layers of skin molt periodically. The skin has to be re-grown by blood vessels reaching through the blubber. When molting occurs, the seal is susceptible to the cold, and must rest on land, in a safe place called a haul-out. While the molt is taking place the bulls cease fighting with one another because of the danger posed to their unprotected hides.

Elephant seals have evolved to have a very large volume of blood, allowing them to hold a large amount of oxygen for use when diving. They have large sinuses in their abdomens to hold blood and can also store oxygenated blood in their muscles. In addition they have a larger proportion of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. All these adaptions enable them to dive for periods up to two hours.


Elephant Seal Trivia

What do you call a baby elephant seal?
Answer: A baby elephant seal is called a calf.

What do you call a female elephant seal?
Answer: A female elephant seal is called a cow.

What do you call a male elephant seal?
Answer: A male elephant seal is called a bull.

What do you call a group of elephant seals?
Answer: A group of elephant seals are called a herd, pack, arrangement.

Question: What is the scientific classification of a elephant seal?
Answer: A elephant seal has the scientific classification of miroungan.

Question: What class is a elephant seal in?
Answer: A elephant seal is in the mammal class.





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