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Southern elephant seal



A southern elephant seal bull, at home among the icebergs.
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Ray Buchheit
Year Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8018.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A female elephant seal snoozes on a warm piece of ship debris.

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Mike Goebel
Year Taken: 1999Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



Relaxing at the Seal Island field camp with a female southern elephant seal.

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Mike Goebel
Year Taken: 1991Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



A group of female Southern elephant seals in molt.

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Mike Goebel
Year Taken: 2001Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seals at a wallow. Elephant seals gather in these wallows, or muddy pits, during their molting season, and use the mud and friction to help shed dead skin. Wallows have a very strong odor made up of seal musk and feces, and are comprised of thick, peaty mud. 

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Ray Buchheit
Year Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



Molting elephant seals.

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Ray Buchheit
Year Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seal resting on a beach at Seal Island, South Shetland Islands.
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Roger Hewitt Year Taken: 1997Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8461.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seal resting on a beach at Seal Island, South Shetland Islands.
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Roger Hewitt Year Taken: 1997Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8462.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A group of female Southern elephant seals.

Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Amy Van CiseYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Program

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Southern elephant seal



A female elephant seal molts in a wallow. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: McKenzie Mudge Year Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8886.JPG

Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seals, Seal Island, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9013.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seal, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9014.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A resting Southern elephant seal, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9015.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A resting Southern elephant seals, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9016.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seal, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9017.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Southern elephant seal, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Scott ManleyYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9022.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Female Southern elephant seal, Seal Island, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Roger Hewitt Year Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9033.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Female Southern elephant seals, Seal Island, Antarctica. 
Species: Southern elephant seal, Mirounga leonina Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish9045.jpg

Southern elephant seal



Patches of molting skin are visible on the nose of this female elephant seal.
Location: South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: Mike GoebelYear Taken: 1992Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8250.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A elephant seal takes a break on the Seal Island boardwalk.
Location: South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8522.jpg

Southern elephant seal



These three elephant seals are exhibiting a common behavior among elephant seals: they are flipping sand onto their backs in order to keep cool on a warm Antarctic day.
Location: Seal Island, South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: David SandwellYear Taken: 1987Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8791.jpg

Southern elephant seal



An elephant seal bull with his harem.
Location: South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: Elaine LeungYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8802.JPG

Southern elephant seal



Female elephant seal resting at the edge of the shore.
Location: Livingston Island, South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8906.jpg

Southern elephant seal



A female elephant seal in the shallows at Cape Shirreff, Livingston Island.
Location: South Shetland IslandsPhoto Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8513.jpg