elephant seals

Originally uploaded by genesister

We were fortunate on this trip to get to see elephant seals in their rookery at Piedras Blancas, near Big Sur and San Simeon. We’ve passed by there several times, but never seen the seals before. It’s pretty amazing to watch them. They are so enormous, and when they come out of the water they will only go a few yards at a time before stopping to rest – they have a lot of bulk to move! I think we were pretty lucky to catch them so early – they are generally not expected until late November, and then stick around until about February. They are quite noisy, and they reminded me of a big family after Thanksgiving – everyone taking naps and belching.