Southern Elephant Seal Facts

The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) is one of the biggest marine mammals. It is the biggest of the seals. It has a loud sound like proboscis monkey.

Southern Elephant Seal Facts for Kids

  1. The southern elephant seal is the heaviest of the seals. Adult females are almost twice the size of males.
  2. The adult southern elephant seal is twice as heavy as a walrus.
  3. The females weigh around 400 to 900 kilograms with the length reaching at 8.5 to 9.8 feet.
  4. Southern elephants live in the South Atlantic, Falkland Islands, and Valdes Peninsula (Argentina).
  5. The total population of the southern elephant seals was estimated at 740,000 in 2005.
  6. The newborn pups weigh up to 40 kg at birth.
  7. Southern elephant seals can dive down to 3,300 feet which makes them the deepest divers of all marine mammals except for cetaceans.
  8. The seal mainly feeds on fish and squid.
  9. The primary predators of southern elephant seal are killer whales, leopard seal, and great white shark.
  10. The lifespan of a female southern elephant seal is about 20 to 25 years while males live up to 15 years maximum.