Elephant seals rarely cross paths with humans but when they do they can really throw their weight around…
Elephant seals are large, oceangoing earless seals. The two species, the northern elephant seal and the southern elephant seal were both hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but the numbers have since recovered.
Southern elephant bull seals typically reach a length of 5 m (16 ft) and a weight of 3,000 kg (6,600 lb), and are much larger than the adult females (cows), with some exceptionally large males reaching up to 6 m (20 ft) in length and weighing 4,000 kg (8,800 lb); cows typically measure about 3 m (10 ft) and 900 kg (2,000 lb). Northern elephant seal bulls reach a length of 4.3 to 4.8 m (14 to 16 ft) and the heaviest weigh about 2,500 kg (5,500 lb)
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