Body fur brown, yellow-brown or grey. Male body large with a thick neck and nose that overhangs the mouth, face skin often wrinkled, eyes large and round. Females and young males have a shorter nose, large eyes and large nostrils. Up to 5 m long.
Southern Elephant Seals shed their fur (moult) every summer, sometimes doing so on beaches along the Victorian coastline. They can dive to depths over 1000 m and remain under water for over an hour. They are the largest seal in Australia, females are about half the size of fully grown males.
Humans interactions include:
Commercial fishing impacts diet.
Open ocean, coastal waters and beaches, to depths greater than 1000 m.
Southern temperate oceans, including southern Australia. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)