A southern elephant seal makes a threat display

Southern Elephant Seal

Southern elephant seal males weigh 8 to 10 times more than females, which is the biggest weight difference of any mammal. Both sexes can dive very deep, and regularly reach depths between 400 to 1,500 metres. They can even sleep underwater.

Scientific name: Mirounga leonina

Rank: Species

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The Southern Elephant Seal can be found in a number of locations including: Antarctica. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Southern Elephant Seal distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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