Description

California Elephant Seal Canine measures 6 inches. California Elephant Seal Canine is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our precise tooth can be used as a teaching tool, museum tooth exhibit, home decor tooth or office decor tooth.

California Elephant seals or Mirounga angustirostris are marine mammals classified under the order Pinnipedia. Elephant seals are considered true seals, and fall under the family Phocidae. Phocids (true seals) are characterized by having no external ear and reduced limbs. The reduction of their limbs helps them be more streamlined and move easily in the water. However, it makes navigating on land a bit difficult because they cannot turn their hind flippers forward to walk.

The hind flipper of elephant seals have a lot of surface area, which helps propel them in the water. California Elephant seals or Mirounga angustirostris spend the majority of their time underwater in search of food, and can cover 60 miles a day when they head out to sea. When elephant seals are born, they can weigh up to 80 pounds and reach lengths up to 4 feet.

California Elephant or Mirounga angustirostris seals spend up to 80 percent of their lives in the ocean. They can hold their breath for more than 100 minutes. California Elephant seals dive 5,090 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. The average depth of their dives is about 980 to 1,970 feet, typically for around 20 minutes for females and 60 minutes for males, as they search for their favorite foods, which are skates, rays, squid, octopuses, eels, small sharks and large fish.

California elephant seals or Mirounga angustirostris typically live for around 9 years. Both adult and juvenile elephant seals are bar-skinned and black before molting. After molting, they generally have a silver to dark gray coat that fades to brownish-yellow and tan.

Adult males have hairless necks and chests speckled with pink, white, and light brown. Pups are mostly black at birth and molt to a silver gray after weaning.

The eyes are large, round, and black. The width of the eyes and a high concentration of low-light pigments suggest sight plays an important role in the capture of prey. California elephant seals have atrophied hind limbs whose underdeveloped ends form the tail and tail fin.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 6 in
California Elephant Seal Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Phocidae
Tribe: Miroungini
Genus: Mirounga
Conservation status: Least concern