Northern Elephant Seal

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Photo Credit: Susan Riemer, ODFW

Overview

  • Species Common Name Northern Elephant Seal
  • Species Scientific Name Mirounga angustirostris

Ecoregions

Special needs

Northern elephant seals use haul-out sites on rocks, reefs, or beaches.

Limiting factors

Northern elephant seals experienced severe historical population declines throughout their range. They have low productivity. There may be occasional mortality or injury due to marine mammal-fisheries interactions.

Conservation actions

Limit disturbance to haul-out areas. Observe federal Marine Mammal Protection Act protections.

Key reference or plan

Marine Mammal Protection Act