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Uploaded on Tuesday 17 Aug 2010 by Peter Prokosch

Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina), Antarctic Peninsula

Year: 2010
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The largest of the Antarctic seals, the Elephant Seal is recognised by the trunk-like nose and impressive size - reaching up to 5.8 metres and weighing a maximum of 3700 kg. It spends most of its time at sea, and is far more mobile in water than on land. The Elephant Seal is able to dive up to depths of 1400m depth, lowering its heart-rate down to 1 beat per minute to reduce oxygen consumed and dive for longer.
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