Southern Elephant Seal
Nothing can prepare you for the astonishing size of these amazing creatures!
Our Expert Says… "Rather than collecting harems as some people think, male Elephant seals are fighting over who controls the best bit of the beach as far as the females are concerned! This is because the females come into season a short time after their pups are weaned and those that are in "his patch" will be ready to accept his advances."
Southern Elephant Seals are a remarkable sight! The adult males can grow up to 5.7m (19ft) in length and weigh in at over 3,600kg (8,000lb)! The females, while still enormous by most standards, are dwarfed by these huge bulls, even though they themselves can be over 2.7m (9ft) long and weigh up to 860kg (1,900lb).
Pictures of Southern Elephant Seal
Highlights where the Southern Elephant Seal can be seen
South Georgia and Scotia Sea
Mawson’s Huts and Cape Denison
Northeast beach of Ardley Island
Our trips to spot the Southern Elephant Seal