"Elephant Seals can be large and cranky!" Macquarie Island Warnings Or Dangers Tip by tiabunna

  Charging bull elephant seal, 1968
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A bull elephant seal can grow to over 3 tonnes weight and length of 5 metres. That's a lot of animal!

Bull elephant seals express their displeasure by rearing up and crashing down on/into their adversaries. Don't let that be you, because they have the size to nail you into the ground! They are at their crankiest during the breeding season in the spring (August to December).

Normally they won't attack people unless you wander too close, when you can expect a warning growl. Next they will begin to advance: provided you can run, you will outpace them, and they charge only for short distances. So, if you meet one of these on your travels, it's best simply to keep your distance, then you'll have no problems.

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  • Written Jan 6, 2006
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