Young Elephant Seals Sparring, South Georgia
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Pictures Ulf Gustafsson, 2010 - 2011
Young male elephant seals practice their sparring skills.
Though these males are nowhere near old enough or (more importantly) large enough to be able to command a harem of females and fight off other males, they prepare for the time when they are from an early age.
One day in the future this sparring may need to be put to use in earnest when they are large enough to become a beach master and so get to father dozens of pups so ensuring the survival of their genes.
Photo; copyright Ulf Gustafsson