Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)
Northern elephant seals are the largest true seal in the Northern Hemisphere. When males reach puberty at about 7 years old, they develop a large inflatable nose, or proboscis. This curious feature overhangs their lower lip by around 20cm and helps to generate their incredibly loud mating call.
Size: 1,500 pounds–4,500 pounds and 10–15 feet long
Lifespan: 22 years
Diet: Sharks, fish, crab, squid and octopus
Distribution: Northern California to central Mexico
Journey to Monterey Bay: Our seals have travelled from as far as the deep seas off Alaska to reach the bay.
Did You Know?
● They spend 80 percent of their life at sea.
● They're the largest land animals in the Americas.
Animal facts courtesy of the BBC and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Explore more at www.montereybayaquarium.org.