Posted by: forgingahead | December 15, 2008

Make Me Laugh Monday – Elephant Seals

mmlm Disclaimer: While this is purely scientific information I am posting, it’s probably best to keep any little ones from reading the whole thing. For more kid appropriate humor head on over to JennyOnTheSpot our fearless leader for all things funny.

I’ve borrowed the text below from the Michigan State University Study 2003 Study Abroad Report on Aitcho Island in the Antarctic. After reading this you may think it’s some college prank. Trust me, it’s not. They really are called this in scientific circles. Interest piqued? Read on…

Further exploration of the island led us to a group of Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) that were congregating near the shore to molt. This seal is the largest seal and the males can grow to be 20 feet long and weigh 4 tons while females average 12 feet and weigh 1 ton.

When males reach maturity, they form the distinctive enlarged nose. They inflate the proboscis (inflatable sac) that is contained within the nose during the breeding season to lure females in order to breed. Males also fight both for play and for the right to breed. Scars from previous encounters are often visible on the seal.

One mature male usually has a harem of females that he services during the breeding season. The male will viciously defend the females and their offspring.

Males who were not successful during the breeding season will sometimes hang around a successful male and his harem trying to fornicate with the females in hopes that he will have offspring.

They go about this very stealthily, trying not to attract the attention of the bull.

These seals are referred to as “sneaky f*ckers.”

Indeed. Here’s one of them now looking pretty darn pleased with himself…

elephantseal

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Responses

  1. hahahahaha. That’s great.

  2. Who knew?! 🙂

  3. Tis true!! I’ve read about them too…but maybe not referred to so bluntly as they are in this article. Hahaha

  4. Well, now. How interesting. He sure does look pleased with himself, you are right about that!

  5. Dude. TOTALLY just Laughed. Out. Stinkin’. Loud! Holy hell, that was soooooo funny – AND educational! I just fall in love with you more everyday… !!!

  6. HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!! I love it. OMG I can’t wait to start using that…you sneaky f*cker, you…hahahahaha…


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