South Georgia Wildlife

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After the mating season the young, sexually immature bull elephant seals tend to move off the beach area and into the tussock grass where they congregate, spending most of their day sleeping. Over a period of several weeks they will lose a lot of body weight as they don't tend to go to sea to feed. While they are there they will moult their fur. That, combined with the feotid pools, combine to produce a very interesting aroma when the weather is warm.
Here we can see the cow elephant seal. She is quite a bit smaller than the bull, but also more agile. The bull doesn't t ake a part in bringing up the young. She doesn't mind defending her pup and will warn off an intruder with suitable noises art first and chasing if that isn't enough.