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Elephant Seal Love - Explore #390 2/19/12 | by goingslo
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Elephant Seal Love - Explore #390 2/19/12

Weighing in at up to 5,000 pounds, this large male dwarfs his lady love (who might reach a weight of 1,700 pounds). Pups are born on shore and may triple their weight within their first month, after which the mothers abandon them. Pups will stay ashore for another month or more before finally taking to the ocean to learn to feed and fend for themselves.

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Taken on February 11, 2012