Credit: Justin Hofman/Barcroft Media Still popular with the ladies: after securing a huge harem of females a battle-scarred male southern elephant seal appears to chuckle at Gold Harbour, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula
NEAR SAN SIMEON, CALIFORNIA January is the month that elephant seal pups are being born up and down the California coast. This pup is probably only about a week old. The mom seems quite pleased with the new addition to her family. Photo by Sean Crane
The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) breeds on Campbell and Antipodes islands. The pups are suckled for only about four weeks, but the milk is very rich. The males grow to a huge size kilograms) and have big inflatable noses.