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Enormous elephant seal blocks traffic in Brazil (VIDEO)


Northern elephant seal, male and female (Mirounga angustirostris), Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (California)


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An enormous elephant seal stopped traffic in the southern Brazilian town of Balneário Camboriú, shocking locals and causing an unexpected commuting obstacle.

The ten-foot-long beast waddled across the street while looking distinctly confused in the Brazilian community, notes the Guardian, which added that firemen and police doused the animal with water before it made its return to its ocean home.

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The seal spent about an hour out of the ocean, attracting many curious passerby.

Elephant seals are one of the world's largest marine mammals, with males (much larger than females) potentially reaching lengths of 20 feet and a weight of 8,800 pounds, according to National Geographic.

Male elephant seals carry around a prominent proboscis, likely earning them their name. They engage in epic fights over females on the beach during mating season, one of nature's more impressive spectacles.