Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Roadside Attraction

We drove the coastal route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, stopping at the Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon.  We arrived 4 days after the first births of this season.  Look at this nursling.  Watch an incredible birth video.

There's tons more information about visiting the largest elephant seal colony in California at elephant seal.org.  Click through to their Sights and Sounds page.

People always ask, how close do you get to the animals? You basically walk along a wooden boardwalk right above them.
How many are there? Friends of the elephant seals says that the colony boasts 17,000. We didn't see that many, but there were plenty.
The males fought for dominance, but not very hard while we were watching.


Just watch them move!



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