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elephant seal


A huge true seal; adult male up to 6 m/20 ft long, weight 3700 kg/8150 lb; swollen pendulous snout (more pronounced during breeding season); two species: the sea elephant or southern elephant seal from the sub-Antarctic (Mirounga leonina), and the northern elephant seal from the NE Pacific (Mirounga angustirostris.) (Family: Phocidae.)

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