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Seal Weathervane – Elephant Seal

Elephant Seal Weather Vane
(Mirounga Angustirostris)


The Elephant Seal Weather Vane, Mirounga Angustirostris, featured in this drawing can be handmade to order in your choice of up to four different sizes. The choice of metals can either be all copper, or a combination of copper and brass if you prefer a subtle distinction in color as the weathervane goes through its patina process.

Perhaps because we live near one of the prime Northern Elephant Seal winter habitats, we have a particular fascination with these amazing animals. If travel plans ever bring you to the Santa Cruz area, a trip to Año Nuevo State Reserve is well worth looking into. We did this design in honor of these majestic and awe inspiring marine mammals.

Elephant Seals take their name from both their colossal size and the large proboscis of the adult male (bull) which resembles an elephant’s trunk. The bull’s proboscis is used in producing extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. More importantly, however, the nose acts as a sort of rebreather, filled with cavities designed to reabsorb moisture from the animals’ exhalations. This is important during the mating season when the seals do not leave the beach to feed, so must conserve body moisture as they have no incoming source of water.

Other interesting facts about Elephant Seals are that in spite of the fact that we have gained much of our knowledge about Elephant Seals while they are on land, they actually spend more than 80% of their lives in the ocean. They can hold their breath for more than 100 minutes – longer than any other non-cetacean mammal. When molting occurs, they are susceptible to the cold, and must rest on land in a safe place called a “haul out”. Northern males and young adults haul out during June to July to molt; northern females and immature seals haul out during April to May.