Image ID: 10000553
Caption: Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in a wallow on South Georgia. Elephant seals are highly thigmotatic on land and are often found in large groups literally lying on top of each other. They have to come ashore to moult, and it is thought that they may form these groups to reduce heat loss.
Keywords: Elephant seal | Antarctica | Mirounga leonina | Wildlife | moult | seal
Location: South Georgia
Season: 1979/1980
Photographer: Chris Gilbert
Image size (pixels): 3677 x 2436