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What do elephant seals like to eat?

Last Updated: 7th January, 2020

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Elephant Seal Habitat and Diet
Elephant seals presumably feed in deep water and eat squid, and fish, including small sharks and rays.

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Similarly, it is asked, what do elephant seal eat?

Southern elephant seals feed exclusively at sea. The main sources of food are fish and squid. Prey is captured both near the surface and very deep underwater. The seals have been known to eat bottom dwelling fish from the ocean's darkest depths.

Also Know, what is a elephant seals habitat? Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) live in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters that feature brutally cold conditions but are rich in the fish, squid, and other marine foods these seals enjoy. Southern elephant seals breed on land but spend their winters in the frigid Antarctic waters near the Antarctic pack ice.

Moreover, do elephant seals eat penguins?

Elephant Seal Characteristics Large fishes, squid and an occasional penguin fall prey to elephant seals, who have few, if any predators. Elephant seals are shielded from cold by their blubber, much more than by fur.

Are Elephant Seals dangerous?

"Bottom line is, he's very dangerous," said Allen. "You wouldn't want to get bitten by one. They have huge incisors, and even a warning nip can break a human bone." Northern elephant seals are found in the North Pacific, from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands.

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Can an elephant seal kill a human?

They dive to an average of 1,300 to 2,100 feet and sometimes to 3,000 feet, nearly twice as deep as any other seal species. The pressure, 90 times greater than at the surface, would kill humans.

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Do elephant seals eat sharks?

Elephant seals are top predators — of fish and squid. Sharks eat plenty of seals, but not so much along the Central Coast. Sharks take what they can get, but their feeding is focused to the north, in Tomales Bay and the Farallon Islands in the fall.

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Why do elephant seals have big noses?

Elephant seals aren't named for their size. Rather, the males develop noses that kind of look like elephants' trunks. They inflate their noses in order to scare other males away — to mate, they have to fight for dominance.

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How big is a bull elephant seal?

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Northern elephant seal: 1,500 – 2,300 kg

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What is bigger walrus or elephant seal?

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Do sea otters mate with baby seals?

Male sea otters sometimes attack baby seals and attempt to mate with them, writes Brian Switek for Slate. These assaults often result in fatal injuries to the seal pups, he writes–and otters are similiarly rough with female sea otters.

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Can a seal mate with a penguin?

Male and female penguins mate via an opening called a cloaca, and the seals are thought to have actually penetrated the penguins in some of the acts, which were caught on film by Haddad. In three of the four recorded incidents the seal let the penguin go. Fur seals often catch and eat penguins on the island.

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What is the biggest sea lion in the world?

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Can leopard seals kill humans?

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Are penguins scared of humans?

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Are sea lions friendly to humans?

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Do sea lions eat seals?

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Do sharks eat sea lions?

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Do Penguins attack humans?

Penguins defending a nest area will on oc- casion attack humans by nipping with the beak and beating furiously at the legs of the interloper with their strong flip- pers.

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Where elephant seals are found?

Northern elephant seals are found in the North Pacific, from Baja California, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands. During the breeding season, they live on beaches on offshore islands and a few remote spots on the mainland.

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How many babies do elephant seals have?

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