ELEPHANT SEALS
Northern Elephant Seals
Southern Elephant Seals


Facts
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Elephant seals are named for their large snout like nose.
Males battle each other for mating dominance. Some encounters end with roaring and aggressive posturing, but many others turn into violent and bloody battles.
The population of the elephant seals are decreasing everyday because people are hunting them down there are as few as 680,000 elephant seals left in the world.
Elephant seals are both predator and prey.

Northern and Southern elephant seals are carnivores.

Elephant seals are the largest of them all.




Glossary

hemoglobin
oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells that gives them their red color and serves to conveyoxygen to the tissues
myoglobin
hemoglobin of muscle, weighing less and carrying more oxygen and less carbon monoxide than bloodhemoglobin.
Bull
Male elephant seal.
Prowess
Bravery in battle.
Pinniped
belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the seals and walruses.

References
http://www.goldenstateimages.com/sql_images/lib/ELE/ELE-044c.jpg
http://www.exploringnature.org/graphics/mammals/seal_elephant_diagram.jpg
http://press.princeton.edu/birds/shirihai/killers/killer_seal.gif
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/elephant-seals/img/13-seal-wave-665.jpg
http://sanctuarysimon.org/regional_images/site_build/special_spp_eseal_fig1.gif
http://www.elephantseal.org/images/diving_chart.gif
http://www.elephantseal.org/images/2013-Population-Chart.jpg
http://lucasgarcia1.edublogs.org/files/2011/03/seal-2ifkajw.jpg
http://www.sfnps.org/files/e-seal_births_graph_hover.jpg