29 July 2011

Elephant Seal Sumo Wrestling

I could not resist posting this series of photographs I took on California's Central Coast a few weeks ago.  These are huge Elephant Seals doing battle in the waves for Survival of the Fittest.

I think their version of sumo wrestling is amazing to watch.





Meanwhile on shore, one of the regal and enormous males leans back his head and roars . . .



On land this creatures seem ungainly, but truly they look so powerful and wild.

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If you want to know more about these fascinating marine mammals, check out the website of Friends of the Elephant Seal.  This organization has created the viewing area on the coast where I took these photographs.

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