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Interspecies Conflict/Hippo vs Elephant Seal


Greetings again Bk,and happy new year.Turns out I do have some spare time on my hands right now and so here is one more conflict.Who would win between a hippo and a elephant seal?

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Hello Trish.  Happy New Year to you!

Hippopotamus vs Elephant Seal: A Southern elephant seal will weigh at least 1/3 more than a large bull hippo, and a Northern elephant seal will weigh a little bit less.  Hippos are aggressive mammals with wide-opening jaws (almost 4ft wide and at a 150 angle).  Their sharp-edged canines and forward-pointing incisors can cause serious injuries to any adversary.  Elephant seals fight by posturing up (face-to-face) and forcefully thrusting forward with their upper bodies to deliver bites.  These encounters can cause bloody wounds.  On land a hippopotamus will have a big mobility advantage, and will be able to use its weaponry more readily.  In shallow water the seal will fare better, but still will be outmatched by the big bite of the hippo.  Only in water deep enough to keep the hippo from touching bottom easily (about 5ft or so) will the elephant seal be favored (its mobility will then be better and hippos can't really swim).  Overall, the hippopotamus wins.

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

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