Monday, January 21, 2008

Elephant Seals!

We took a trip up the coast today to see the Elephant Seals just North of San Simeon at Piedras Blancas. Rain was forecasted for the day but we decided to try the trip anyway. Driving up we did hit areas of rain but it was clear and sunny at the Elephant Seal beach. This time of year most of the babies have been born. Today we saw hundreds of moms with young and relatively few males. It always amazes me to go to this beach and see the seals as far as your eye can see and packed in like sardines! The babies were yelping to be fed, moms were squealing to contain their children and keep the best locations and every now and then you would hear the big males trumpeting just like the honking horn of a car. Add to this the squabbling of seagulls trying to find something to eat and you can begin to imagine the noise of this aquatic choir. Everywhere you looked mother seals were scooping great flipperfuls of sand and tossing it over themselves and their young . I think it helps to keep the flies off and keep them cool. We came back into Cambria for lunch at Las Cambritas and shopping. I stopped at Paws on Main, my favorite rubber stamp store, and Heartsease, a quaint little place where I've bought potpourri for years. We strolled through the antique and art stores and then headed back towards home. It was a really beautiful day. For more information on Elephant Seals, please click on the link below:

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/elephant-seals.html

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