According to the Elephant seal website, "The Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest."
After a recent trip to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, in late February, we checked out the beach just north of there where the seal rookery is. What an amazing experience.
We thought we might see a couple of seals -- and that would be great. Instead we were treated to hundreds of seals - in all directions and in many sizes-- lolling on the beach. Males can be about two tons, and babies are born weighing about sixty pounds. The animals were separated from the public by an unobtrusive fence and there was plenty of room to get close to the fence and see this surprising spectacle. Be sure to visit and take the kids if you travel anywhere near this area.
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