August 2 – Go South Young Elephant!

A male southern elephant seal; this one weighed just 6,000 lb (My camera)

A male southern elephant seal; this one weighed just 6,000 lb
(My camera)

Right now it is winter in the Antarctic, which means that the southern elephant seals are all out at sea, swimming as if their lives depended on it. And they do. During the fall and winter, the southern elephant seals will spend most of the time feeding. They will come to the water’s surface for about three minutes to breathe, then dive down as deep as a mile in search of fish and squid to fill their cavernous bellies and build up the fat that they’ll need during the spring and summer. All of this feeding has made them the largest carnivoran in the world, outweighing a polar bear by a factor of five! (Before they get too smug, a single sperm whale weighs as much as twelve a southern elephant seals.)

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