"Female Elephant Seal ~ large, oceangoing seals in the genus Mirounga. The two species, the northern elephant seal and the southern elephant seal, both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the century, but numbers have since recovered.
NEAR SAN SIMEON, CALIFORNIA January is the month that elephant seal pups are being born up and down the California coast. This pup is probably only about a week old. The mom seems quite pleased with the new addition to her family. Photo by Sean Crane