Kōrero: Seals

Male southern elephant seal

Male southern elephant seal

During the breeding season the mature male’s snout or proboscis becomes swollen as a sign of dominance, and is also thought to help amplify his deep, bubbling roars. To relieve itching skin, elephant seals often flick sand on their skin or wallow in mud. Fat is an advantage as they will fast for three months during the breeding season, losing up to 12 kilograms a day.

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Photograph by Lloyd Spencer Davis

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Seals - Southern elephant seal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/6190/male-southern-elephant-seal (accessed 28 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Lloyd Spencer Davis, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006