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Photo by dsglass

TSC: middle of the day

Elephant seals hanging out at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery.

Over 17,000 elephant seals live on this 6-mile stretch of beach. While they spend most of their time at sea, each seal spends about a month at a time at the rookery twice a year - birthing/breeding in winter, molting in spring/summer. The newly-hatched pups hang around for a couple of months after breeding season learning to swim, and the juveniles come back in the fall to rest and practice fighting before the adults come to claim their territory for the next season. January is the busiest time of the year.

These pups are at most a few days old; from all the noise and the kerfuffle with the seagulls (who aparently like to clean up the mess) at least two others were born while we were there.

www.elephantseal.org

(better bigger on black)

Georgie F Photography, John Linton, Ruth, Karen's Place and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


20 comments - The latest ones
 Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker club
enjoy the sun and vac up those rays!

A very comfortable image.
5 years ago.
 Coco
Coco club
Cool. Love the grays.
5 years ago.
 *starless*
*starless*
Really, it's just not fair posting an image like that!
5 years ago.
dsglass club has replied to *starless*
Sorry! :) I originally thought I'd do a traffic jam, or a cup of coffee or something; but then we went to check out the seals, and I couldn't not post them... :)
5 years ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
how good they are camouflaged!
5 years ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
They are obviously having a wonderful time =D
5 years ago.
 autofantasia
autofantasia club
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was rocks on the beach ... as Sami says they were obviously having a great time! :)
5 years ago.
dsglass club has replied to autofantasia club
They're pretty well camouflaged - in addition to being vaguely rock-shaped, they spend a lot of their time on the beach scooping up sand and tossing it over their backs. :)
5 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
lying on the beach in the sunshine, looks great
5 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
That's not a sight one sees every day! Wonderful capture!
5 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon club
whatthehell, is this for real? How amazing cool is that! sure not something I see.
5 years ago.
 fragglerocks
fragglerocks club
they look a happy bunch!
5 years ago.
 H C
H C
Very interesting find and super shot.
5 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
They are adorable. What a fun photo for this challenge!
5 years ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Wonderful scene :-)
5 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
What an amazing sight.
5 years ago.
 Yvonne
Yvonne
Fantastic - great shots in the notes too.
5 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Wonderful to see !

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
5 years ago.
 s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
How exciting to witness !!!!
I can't even imagine the joy !!
Awesome capture & thanks for sharing :)))
5 years ago.
 Georgie F Photography
Georgie F Photograph…
Wow.. Would love to see that!
5 years ago.

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