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California Elephant Seal Male Skull measures 24.0 inches. California Elephant Seal Male Skull is museum quality Cast in durable Polyurethane resins. Skull replica is male. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
California Elephant seals or Mirounga angustirostris are large, oceangoing earless seals in the genus Mirounga. The Northern elephant seal, somewhat smaller than its southern relative, ranges over the Pacific coast of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The most northerly breeding location on the Pacific Coast is at Race Rocks, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
California Elephant seals 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 Seals 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.
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