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Elephant Seal Swims Farther West Than Any Other

The average northern elephant seals migration covers 2,000 miles — Phyllis will more than triple that

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    This May 5, 2016, photo provided by the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows an elephant seal named Phyllis at Ano Nuevo Natural Preserve within Ano Nuevo State Park near Pescadero, Calif. UC Santa Cruz researchers said Oct. 12, 2016 Phyllis has set a record by swimming farther west than any other tracked elephant seal.

    Researchers with the University of California, Santa Cruz say an elephant seal has set a record by swimming farther west than any other tracked elephant seal.

    UC Santa Cruz officials said Wednesday that by the time Phyllis arrives back in California in January, she will have completed a 7,400-mile foraging adventure. The 853-pound mother of two covered about 3,700 miles of ocean before turning around and heading home.

    The average distance northern elephant seals usually swim during their eight-month migration is 2,000 miles.

    Año Nuevo Reserve director Patrick Robinson says UC Santa Cruz researchers have been tracking the marine mammals for 22 years at the reserve in Pescade

    He says they have compiled one of the planet's largest marine mammal diving and tracking record.

    The adventurous animal was named after Phyllis Sooy, a late newspaper reporter and philanthropist.