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Antarctic fur seal male roaring

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Antarctic fur seal male roaring

Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) male opening its mouth. The male is much larger than the female, reaching a length of up to 2 metres and a weight of 120 kilograms. The males pelt is brown in colour, and includes a mane of shoulder fur. The external ears (pinnae) of a seal are also seen here. This seal ranges throughout the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica, feeding mainly on krill in shallow waters at night. During the breeding season (from November to January) the males compete to secure a harem of females. Photographed on South Georgia

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Aggression Aggressive Animal Behaviour Antarctic Antarctica Atlantic Canine Teeth Carnivore Coastal Fur Seal Furry Gape Island Islands Mammal Marine Mammal Mouth Open Opening Otariidae Pinniped Pinnipeds Predator Roaring Seal Shore South Georgia South Georgia Island Southern Atlantic Sub Antarctic Teeth Yawn Yawning Antarctic Fur Seal Arctocephalus Gazella Eared Seal Fur Coat Growl Growling Otariid Vocalising


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This print captures the majestic presence of an Antarctic fur seal male in all its glory. With its mouth wide open, the male showcases its impressive set of teeth and reveals a glimpse into the fascinating world of this species. Towering over their female counterparts, these males can reach lengths of up to 2 meters and weigh a staggering 120 kilograms. The rich brown fur coat, adorned with a striking mane of shoulder fur, adds to the allure of this magnificent creature. The image also highlights the distinctive external ears (pinnae) that are characteristic of seals. Found throughout the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, these seals primarily feed on krill in shallow waters during nocturnal hunts. During breeding season from November to January, scenes like this unfold as males fiercely compete for dominance and strive to secure a harem of females. Their aggressive nature is evident as they vocalize their intentions through growls and roars. Photographed against the breathtaking backdrop of South Georgia Island, this snapshot encapsulates not only the beauty but also provides valuable insights into marine biology and animal behavior. It serves as a reminder of the diverse wildlife that thrives in sub-Antarctic regions while showcasing one particular member - an adult male Antarctic fur seal - in all its powerful splendor.

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