Elephant Seal Viewing on Highway 1

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A few months back, my parents came to California to visit us. My dad had his mind set on driving down the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Los Angeles, which my mom and I had done the previous year. This time around I was determined to stop and admire the Elephant Seals near San Simeon, CA.

Elephant Seals Sleeping.

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

Spending 8 to 10 months of the year in the open sea, Elephant Seals go to the Point Piedras Blancas in Central California to breed, give birth, molt, and rest twice a year. The Mirounga Angustirostris is commonly known as the elephant seal because the males develop large noses when they hit puberty. These large noses serve to intimidate other males when competing for females.

Sleeping Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals.

I never thought I would be able to see these animals so close; It seemed like they were only real on TV and marine life documentaries. I must say that they are as impressive as what they look. The one volunteer we met there, said that since the time of the year we were there (September) was not breeding time, we didn’t see as many of them, nor older elephant seals with longer noses; still, I loved every moment of if.If you are ever in California, I strongly recommend you take the drive all the way to San Simeon.

Baby Elephant Seal

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You can experience a bit of these gorgeous animals and learn more about them on the Friends of the Elephant Seal’s website. They have a live feed of the shore where they rest. But if you ever find yourself in California, I strongly recommend you take the drive all the way to San Simeon. It’s half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and there isn’t much else around there so the best way to visit would be while driving down the famous Pacific Coast Highway – Just keep in mind that it’s a long drive. Parking is free there, so it’s an easy stop. Moreover, there are always volunteers that can teach you more about them; they suggested we’d go again around May, which is their breeding season; hence, we’d see much more and older elephant seals. Sadly, we won’t be able to it, so I’ll just check it out from the live feed.

What was the most impressive animal you’ve ever seen?


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