The Elephant Seals appearance is odd but
mysteriously beautiful. You can
see them any day of the week on the central coast just north of San
If you have never seen the
magnificent seals you just don't know what you are missing.
If I where you I would Take a trip to the Central Coast of California
just to see these
imperial giants of the sea. I promise it would be worth your
The seals are located on a lonely search of beach a few miles north of
San Simeon and Hearst Castle. You can't miss them, just look to
the right and you will see all the people.
Let me make a suggestion. Make sure to bring a jacket. My
wife and I go out to visit the seals on a regular basis and it is
always cold. If you didn't bring a jacket let me suggest a great
store that sells jackets, hats and much more. In fact, my wife
manages Cambria Wildwood.
Have you ever seen such an innocent face.
The History of Piedras Blancas Rookery
Do you know the definition of the term rookery? A rookery is an
animal breeding ground. The seals come into the rookery
in Piedras Blancas for breeding, giving birth, molting and rest.
To read about the history of Piedras Blancas Rookery is
interesting. We will turn to the Friends of the Elephant Seals
for help. The FES provides all the information you will ever need
when it comes to the seals. If interested in learning more about
the history of this fabulous creature Elephant Seals
history click here.
these pictures in late September 2010. According to the Friends
of the seals this time of year is when the females come ashore to shed
their old skin and grow new skin. Believe me, I am not an expert
on the seals.
The FES say, "Because growing new skin at sea would mean circulating
hot blood outside the blubber and only fractions of an inch from 40
degree Fahrenheit water, the elephant seal and other pinnipeds have
evolved to come to shore for a month, usually their home rookery, to
grow new skin and shed the old once each year. Juveniles and adult
females come first, sharing the beach with the weaned pups in early
April and their number increasing to a maximum number of over 4000 on
the two beaches adjacent to the parking area by early May. For
more information Click
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