Wednesday, December 7, 2011
So it turns out that the males, right now they are all males on this beach, make the trip from here to Alaska's Aleution Islands twice a year. That's a round trip of about 5000 miles-- twice a year!
Though they seem to be all buddy-buddy here, when they're at sea they travel totally alone for the whole trip to Alaska and back. And all of the buddy-buddy stuff will stop when the girls show up here on the beach. They don't eat for the whole time they're here.
A third species, sea lions, are the size of elephant seals but aren't the same-- their distinguishing characteristic is that they have an ear flap. And the males don't have the shorty elephant trunk nose.
Labels: Winter Travels