Elephant seals are large, oceangoing earless seals in the genus Mirounga. The two species, the northern elephant seal and the southern elephant seal, were both hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but the numbers have since recovered.
Their teeths are used to hold the prey and then it is swallowed. Most prey items are of a size that can be swallowed whole, or the prey is thrashed around until it is broken into pieces small enough to be swallowed.
The big beasts can grow to be 16ft long and weigh over 6,000lbs, the smaller females are normally about 10ft long and weigh in at around 2,000lbs.
Elephant seals rarely cross paths with humans but when they do they can really throw their weight around…