Elephant Seal Vital Statistics


The average dive depth of an elephant seal is 1,000 to 3,000  feet (300 – 900 meters) with a maximum depth of over 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). Read on below to learn more interesting facts about the elephant seals at each stage of their lives.

elephant seal vital statistics

Elephant Seal Pup

Length at birth: 3 – 4 feet (1 meter)

Weight at birth: 60 – 80 pounds (27 – 37 kilos)

Weight at weaning: 300 pounds (135 kilos)

Coat Color: Black for first 4- 6 weeks

Elephant Seal Adult Female

Length: 9 – 12 feet (2.5 – 4 meters)

Weight: 900 – 1,800 pounds (400 – 800 kilos)

Coat Color: Blond to light brown


Elephant Seal Adult Male or Bull

Length: 14 – 16 feet (4 – 5 meters)

Weight: 3,000 – 5,000 pounds (1,400 – 2,300 kilos)

Coat Color: Light to dark brown


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