This female elephant seal shows the characteristic round wound which is the result of a recent Cookiecutter Shark bite.
Largest of all seals. The species was hunted nearly to extinction for its oil. By the late 1800s there were fewer than 20 known individuals remaining.
Male or bull Elephant Seals are much larger than females of the species. They can reach lengths of over 14 feet or more, while females are normally more in the 8 foot range.
Range: Gulf of Alaska to Baja California
Species: Mirounga angustirostris
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- Seals and Sea Lions