The Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) is also known as the Sea Elephant. Elephant seals take their name from the large proboscis of the adult males (bulls) which resembles an elephant's trunk. The female or cow lacks the trunk and the females typically measure about 3.0m (10ft) in length and have a mass of around 910Kg (2000lbs). They are the largest of all seal species.
The wind is a constant factor in the Falkland Islands and on the day this photograph was taken at Sea Lion Island, it was gale force. The seals weathered the storm on land, getting covered in sand and did not move until the worst of the storm had passed.
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Sea Lion Island, Falklands Islands
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP