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Posted: 04 Jan 2015

Taken: 03 Jan 2015

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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.


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14 comments - The latest ones
enjoy the sun and vac up those rays!

A very comfortable image.
9 years ago.
Coco club
Cool. Love the grays.
9 years ago.
Chrissy club
how good they are camouflaged!
9 years ago.
 Sami Serola (inactive)
Sami Serola (inactiv… club
They are obviously having a wonderful time =D
9 years ago.
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! :)
9 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. :)
9 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
lying on the beach in the sunshine, looks great
9 years ago.
That's not a sight one sees every day! Wonderful capture!
9 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
whatthehell, is this for real? How amazing cool is that! sure not something I see.
9 years ago.
 H C
Very interesting find and super shot.
9 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
They are adorable. What a fun photo for this challenge!
9 years ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Wonderful scene :-)
9 years ago.
Esther club
What an amazing sight.
9 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Wonderful to see !

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9 years ago.

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