San Simeon Elephant Seals

How to get to the Elephant Seals from Los Angeles

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What are elephant seals?

"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 5800 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. Piedras Blancas is a great place to view these remarkable creatures during their time onshore." -

There are a lot of information about the Seals in the area so this is place is definitely a quick educational stop for kids.


Rules to follow while visiting the Elephant Seals

  • Park in the designated parking area.

  • Remain on the viewing walkways. The dunes and other bluff areas outside the fences or ropes are home to native plants and animals. 

  • Elephant seals are protected by federal law.  It is illegal to touch or throw things orcause a reaction from any marine mammal.  If you witness someone harassing a marine mammal, call 1-805-927-2068.

  • Dogs and seals do not mix. Keep dogs on a leash and well away from the seals. 

  • Do not feed the squirrels. Ground squirrels are wild animals, carriers of fleas and other vectors of disease, and occasionally they do bite. 

  • Drones are not permitted in the rookery area.

  • Please view the National Marine Sanctuaries Marine Wildlife Viewing Guidelines


What are other animals that you can find?


For more information check out Elephantseals.org


re-Pin here the elephant seals here awesome peeps!

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