The Southern Elephant Seal - they have big smiles when they sleep. They are almost half larger than their northern counterparts (the northern elephant seals), which can be found along the coast from Alaska to Mexico. Indeed, the Southern elephant seal in the Subantarctic and Antarctica is a true giant of the ocean, the next largest mammal after cetaceans (i.e., whales, dolphins and porpoises).
These seals are smelly! In addition, they are quite loud and they certainly showcase their repertoire of burps, farts, sneezes and snores. In fact, many a time while we are measuring plants on Litchfield, we often have to say "Excuse you!", because they certainly won't apologize for their behavior! 😁
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Growing up watching nature documentaries, I find myself now immersed in nature's splendor. As an ecologist I study how ecosystems function. Here I share with you my love of doing research in Antarctica - a place of sheer beauty