Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 9, 2016

Elephant Seal Season Approaching

Three top places to see Elephant Seals in California

Ano Nuevo

One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal is at Año Nuevo State Park. A Natural Preserve has been established to protect the elephant seals along with many other animals such as otters, California sea lions, coyotes, cormorants, terns and more. Native plants and an untouched intertidal ecosystem also find shelter inside the Natural Preserve.  Elephant seals can be observed here year round either on a docent lead tour or through a self guided permit system within the Wildlife Viewing Area.

The viewing area is closed until December 15.
For more information go to  Año Nuevo SP

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery spreads over 6 miles of shoreline around Point Piedras Blancas on the central coast of California. The viewing areas are located 90 miles south of Monterey, 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument in San Simeon, 1.5 miles south of Point Piedras Blancas. The viewing areas are open every day of the year, are wheelchair accessible, and free. No reservations required.

via Piedras Blancas Friends of the Elephant Seal | San Simeon, Cambria California


Point Reyes National Seashore

New research from Point Blue Conservation Science is looking at the disappearance of #ElephantSeal habitat at the Farallon Islands. As a result of that loss, those seals might be finding a new home at Point Reyes National Seashore. The elephant seal population here continues to increase every year.
The elephant seal breeding season starts this month, so be on the lookout for the announcement of the first pup born any day now. Better yet, take a trip out here in January or February for the best time to see elephant seals:
#ParkScience #NPWest #FindYourPark ##EncuentraTuParque


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