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What seal uses an “inflatable nose” to threaten others?

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When Northern Elephant Seal males reach puberty at about 7 years old, they develop a large inflatable nose, or “proboscis.” The proboscis overhangs their lower lip by about 8 inches (20 cm) and during breeding season the males will breathe deep, inflating their nose which resonates sound which they use to threaten each other while competing for females.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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