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elephant seal

n.
Either of two large seals, Mirounga angustirostris of North American Pacific coastal waters or M. leonina of Antarctic and subantarctic coastal waters, the males of which have an inflatable, trunklike proboscis. Also called sea elephant.

elephant seal

n
(Animals) either of two large earless seals, Mirounga leonina of southern oceans or M. angustirostris of the N Atlantic, the males of which have a long trunklike snout

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n.
either of two large seals of the genus Mirounga, of the Pacific coast of North America and the Antarctic Ocean, having a trunklike proboscis.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elephant seal - either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunkselephant seal - either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks
earless seal, hair seal, true seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers
genus Mirounga, Mirounga - elephant seals
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First stop was Sea Lion Island, one of the smaller islands in the Falklands group, where we had our first encounter with the local wildlife - southern elephant seals which were large and fat and a small colony of penguins, small and perky, plus a variety of sea-birds, totally unafraid of humans.
Northern elephant seals migrate farther than any other mammal, spending much of their time at bone-crushing depths.
The PMMC rescues and medically cures marine mammals including California sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals and Northern fur seals that are battling from extreme malnourishment or starvation and also animals that have been injured by man-caused marine debris, including fishing nets, lines and trash.
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1 SPLASH OF COLOUR With the exception of Gene Kelly and, perhaps, elephant seals, being caught in a downpour is sure to put anyone in a foul mood.
Jackson's travels provide a roadmap of how elephant seals use the Patagonian Coast and it's associated seas," said Caleb McClennen, WCS Director for Global Marine Programs.
16 and 17), you read that the tags attached to elephant seals give vital information about the areas of the ocean where the seals travel.
Our excursion to the Falklands saw a team of three keepers returning with 12 elephant seals and 90 penguins, which started collections across Britain.
Male bull elephant seals appear anything but a picture with their giant proboscises, but in this particular animal's world, big is best and huge snouts guarantee a large harem.
It's a perfect spot for watching elephant seals and sea otters, as well as for attracting far-flung relatives.
EVERYTHING I've ever learned about the mating habits of elephant seals and the murderous tendencies of killer whales I've picked up from watching David Attenborough on telly.