An elephant or a seal?

Why not both!

For many Discovery Channel viewers, last night was the start of Shark Week 2017. As I was watching, a shark attacked an elephant seal, which is an animal that I’ve never heard of before.

Intrigued, I looked up additional information about them.

Welcome to my first animal spotlight: the elephant seal.

These seals can live up to nine years, with their weight reaching 4.5 tons and their height reaching up to 20 feet.

Elephant seals are nothing like actual elephants. However, they got their name because of their large trunk-like snout that resembles an elephant’s trunk.

Northern elephant seals typically habituate offshore islands where the water is warmer. Southern elephant seals are found more in the Antarctic Ocean, where the water is cooler and fish are abundant.

Elephant seals were once on the verge of extinction: People would use their blubber for lamp oil. Today, the number of elephant seals has soared, reaching over 150,000 seals.

 

Not every animal has this type of success story, but any animal can bounce back from extinction with our help.

 

picture source: https://www.britannica.com/animal/northern-elephant-seal

 

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