Elephant seal

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phylum Chordata Elephant seals (also sea elephants) are large, oceangoing seals in the genus Mirounga. The two species, the northern elephant seal (M. angustirostris) and the southern elephant seal (M. leonina), both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but numbers have since recovered.


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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Carnivora
suborder Caniformia
family Phocidae
genus Mirounga
species M. angustirostris
M. leonina