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352--California: Elephant Seals, 2 Tons of Fun
@ CherieSpotting     May 24 2006 - 05:43 PST
Cherie writes: What should you do if you see a Mirounga augustirostris on the beach? Take a photo of course! Commonly known at the Elephant Seal, these massive mammals flop onto the beach twice a year in California—once to mate and another time to molt.

These 2 ½ ton mammals are the largest aquatic carnivores in existence. These big guys have powerful lungs and are great divers. They can stay under water for more than 80 minutes (more than any other mammal) and dive to depths of over 5187-ft (making the elephant seal the world’s deepest diving vertebrate.)

The pups are called weaners and the baby elephant seals look like little puppies. But the elephant seals loose their cuteness as they age—they have hairy flippers, no ears and they grow noses down to their mouths. If you like hairy appendages, thick blubber & pendulous noses—take a peek at these Elephant Seal photos:

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Elephant seals spash and play along the shore in Central California.

Elephant seals spash and play along the shore in Central California.

These 2 ½ ton mammals are the largest aquatic carnivores in existence.

These 2 ½ ton mammals are the largest aquatic carnivores in existence.

Ellie entertained by the elephant seals.

Ellie entertained by the elephant seals.

There's no room on this beach!

There's no room on this beach!

This molting seal looks like it is wearing a mask.

This molting seal looks like it is wearing a mask.

Does anyone ever listen?

Does anyone ever listen?

An elephant seal smile. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

An elephant seal smile. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

Smells like sand. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

Smells like sand. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

The Mac & Michelle family.

The Mac & Michelle family.

Cherie and Ellie.

Cherie and Ellie.

Ellie laughing.

Ellie laughing.

If it itches, you gotta scratch. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

If it itches, you gotta scratch. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

Kylie with the elephant seals.

Kylie with the elephant seals.

He's tired.

He's tired.

Cherie.

Cherie.

Dad, Ellie and Mom.

Dad, Ellie and Mom.

He's got those puppy-dog eyes.

He's got those puppy-dog eyes.

Brother and sister watch the elephant seals together.

Brother and sister watch the elephant seals together.

Greg and Kylie.

Greg and Kylie.

She needs a face peel.

She needs a face peel.

The wonder diet that didn't work.

The wonder diet that didn't work.

Dad and Mom.

Dad and Mom.

Elephant seals at play.

Elephant seals at play.

Surrounded by grandkids.

Surrounded by grandkids.

Tanner.

Tanner.

Just a quick snack break.

Just a quick snack break.

Squirrel friends.

Squirrel friends.

The twins.

The twins.

Ken and Renee.

Ken and Renee.

Michelle points at all the elephant seals.

Michelle points at all the elephant seals.

Singing in the sand.

Singing in the sand.

Butt what?

Butt what?

Mom, Dad and Ellie.

Mom, Dad and Ellie.

There's no where to put your towel on this crowded beach.

There's no where to put your towel on this crowded beach.

Family time.

Family time.

Elephant Seals can stay under water for more than 80 minutes (more than any other mammal in the world.)

Elephant Seals can stay under water for more than 80 minutes (more than any other mammal in the world.)

Chloe.

Chloe.

Mac, Michelle, Ellie and Tanner.

Mac, Michelle, Ellie and Tanner.

Cherie and Greg.

Cherie and Greg.

Elephant seals like to play.

Elephant seals like to play.

Renee and Ellie.

Renee and Ellie.

The whole gang!

The whole gang!

Wild flower.

Wild flower.

Seals necking.  This must be make-out point!

Seals necking. This must be make-out point!

Cherie and Ellie.

Cherie and Ellie.

Elephant seals love the water and can dive to depths of over 5187-ft (making the elephant seal the world’s deepest diving vertebrate.)

Elephant seals love the water and can dive to depths of over 5187-ft (making the elephant seal the world’s deepest diving vertebrate.)

Dad and Mom.

Dad and Mom.

Greg and Kylie.

Greg and Kylie.

Wait...wait...I know the answer.

Wait...wait...I know the answer.

Kenny & Renee.

Kenny & Renee.

Ellie on edge.

Ellie on edge.

Elephant seals have hairy flippers, no ears and they grow noses down to their mouths.

Elephant seals have hairy flippers, no ears and they grow noses down to their mouths.

Ellie and Joanne.

Ellie and Joanne.

Shout...shout...let it all out. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.

Shout...shout...let it all out. *Photo by Joanne Sogsti.