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From the birth of elephant Seal pups to the ritual of mating, our viewing  at Piedras Blancas south of Big Sur was  outstanding this past weekend. The video reveals some details of the mating strategies of  the Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris.

 aaDSC01417Be it by land or by water, a male elephant seal with make the trumpeting sound that is their signature, an erie noise  that resonates out through their strange proboscis (nose appendage).

 

 

 

Male elephant seals may simply raise their mighty proboscis upward bellowing out a cry that has been described as a Harley Davis motorcycle in need of a tune up.

aDSC01279Other times they may engage in  a bloody battle which ends more typically by the  retreat of the less dominant male rather than death.

 

 

 

 

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