This may be the most accessible location in the world to see a really impressive elephant seal rookery, as well as sea lions, harbor seals, northern fur seals and sea otters. Not only are elephant seals massive and interesting to watch, they are remarkable animals with an exceptional life history.
There are helpful docents and excellent signage to interpret the often dynamic activities within the easily viewed rookeries. The elephant seals are just a tiny distance away from the parking area.
Piedras Blancas is a world-class, watchable wildlife gem that should not be missed.
15950 Cabrillo Hwy, San Simeon
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Viewing, Walking, Watchable Wildlife
Adult male elephant seals weigh over two tons, and pups weigh approximately 70 pounds at birth. Hunted almost to extinction for their blubber, there were fewer than 100 northern elephant seals in existence in the late 1800s. Now there are over 150,000. With their remarkable physiological adaptations, elephant seals have been known to dive thousands of feet below sea level for several hours and can migrate over 13,000 miles.
The Friends of the Elephant Seal have an excellent website, which features a live cam and lots of relevant information about the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery.
I want to thank Pamela Bergman for her outstanding photos of Piedras Blancas.
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