elephant seals


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  • Location: Piedras Blancas Light Station, California, USA
  • Source: www.elephantseal.org
  • Info: Live streaming webcam featuring a pod of elephant seals Located on the Pacific Coast of California between San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas Light Station.

  • More Info: Elephant seals take their name from their large size and pendulous trunk like inflatable snouts. Each winter elephant seals arrive at their breeding beaches in Mexico and California. Males are the first to arrive, and they fight each other to establish dominance. During this time, dominant males will often inflate their noses and produce a noise that sounds like a drum to warn lesser males away.

    Like other mammals, the elephant seal must molt and replace skin and hair but unlike most animals which do this gradually throughout the year, the sea lion does it all in one go and so it is called a catastrophic molt. Sea lions eat a diet of mostly fish and cephalopods and are preyed upon by killer whales and sharks.