Here’s a short video from UC Santa Cruz that lets you listen to some of the weirdest calls in nature. Elephant seals look like living sand dunes and sound like water in backed-up sewer pipes. Their sounds may be more individualized than we previously thought.
Penguins are so rad, even elephant seals like to party with them! Exhibit A: this image from October 2014, depicting king penguins and a male elephant seal* beachin’ it on South Georgia Island, deep in the Southern Atlantic. For more penguin fun, here’s a video from the official World Penguin Day page:
With Pixar's attention to the natural world, this short film would be a great fit for them. Someone hire this fellow to make a whole series of animated animal shorts.
Is adopting a child a benevolent or a foolish act? If you were taking a cold evolutionary perspective, it would appear to be the latter. So why do many animals, including elephant seals and humans, do it all the time?