Friends of the Elephant Seal, San Simeon

4.9
#1 of 62 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon and four miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can see Friends of the Elephant Seal. With over 5000 births per year, the estimated total colony size of 25,000 seals makes this site the largest mainland rookery (birthing place) for the Northern  Elephant Seal species. Protected from storms and predators, with wide sandy beaches and shallow rocky areas, this location is ideal for the seals. Depending on the time of year, you can witness the birth of baby seals, hear the iconic roar of male seals during the breeding season, or watch young seals spar with each other on the beach and in the surf. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Friends of the Elephant Seal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • From sometime in December through March, hundreds of elephant seals come to this stretch of beach right off Highway One near the Hearst Castle to give birth and breed. Enormous long nosed males, big.....  more »
  • I had no idea this would be on our route through California. We visited in January and saw thousands of elephant seals. Mums nursing calves, males squaring up to one another in spectacular fashion...  more »

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