Friday, January 25, 2008


Elephant Seals used to be close to extinction, maybe 20-100 in number. Due to now being protected, they number about 170,000. About 45 minutes from us is the Piedras Blancas Rookery. In 1990, about 2 dozen seals came to this beach. This little colony had a population explosion and now there are thousands!

These pictures don't really show how BIG these things are! Males grow to 14-16 feet long and weigh in at 3000-5000 pounds, or more.

Two males fighting

Mommy and brand-new baby

We like going to see the seals in January because that is when all of them are "home" -- males, females, and babies. It is truly fascinating to watch them. A couple Sundays ago, we took four of our grandchildren and two of their parents to have lunch in Cambria and then to visit the elephant seals.

For more information of the elephant seal, click here.

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