Monday, January 4, 2010

Elephant Seals

If you find yourself driving up Hwy 1 make sure you check out the elephant seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas. The rookery is twelve miles north of Cambria and four miles north of the entrance to Hearst Castle. We've been there on several trips and it never ceases to be both entertaining and educational. Friends of the Elephant Seal provides docents to explain the behaviors of the animals.

On this particular trip in early January the elephant seals were giving birth to their calves. The beach was littered with the little guys - sticking close to their mom's as they sunned themselves. The juvenile males provided a show by "sparing" or charging at each other with loud vocalizations. A boardwalk provides an up close view that is not intrusive to the seals.

There are many spots for seal viewing along Hwy 1 but none as accessible or fun-filled as this one.

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