Southern Elephant Seal & Southern Sea Lion

Seeing "Elephants and Lions" is not just a scene from plains of East Africa, but also one from many of the beaches around the Falkland Islands where good numbers of Elephant Seals and Sea Lions can be found.  These "Southern" Elephant Seals and Sea Lions, are both found in huge numbers across the Southern coasts of South America and along the beaches of many islands in the region as far south as Antarctica.  They come ashore on many of the beaches of the Falklands to have their young.


Elephant Seals are huge and adult males can reach 5 meters in length and weigh up to 4,000 kg.  The males  can weigh up to eight times more than the females and this is the largest weight difference of any mammal.  The females are still big and can reach up to 3 metres in length.   The pups are born in October and they can be seen ashore until January particularly on the Southern Islands such as Sea Lion Island.

The Sea Lion is a dangerous animal.  It is very important not to get between a Sea Lion and the sea.  Despite their large size (up to 2.8 metres) they are often hard to see as they lie in the Tussock grass.  It is estimated that there are over 7000 of these animals in the Falklands during December and January As you fly from island to island,  they can be seen in large groups on the shore.