Friday, February 01, 2008

Bedlam Boy defeats Gimli

Another big battle today, as Bedlam Boy defeated Gimli by driving him off the Marine Terrace harem. These fights are how the elephant seals determine whose genes are the best, and who earns the right to copulate with the harem of females. Harem-based mating is called polygyny and often results in the most bizarre male appearance and behaviors in the animal world through a process called sexual selection.

Click here to see a video of this contest.

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