Friday, December 25, 2009
Even though it's Christmas, there doesn't seem to be much peace at Elephant Seal Land on the central coast of California. Quite the contrary...the males of all ages seem to be stepping up the tempo and frequency of their bouts.
Take a look at this completely unedited video of a violent and relentless clash between two titans.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
With unusually high tides plaguing the favorite beaches of the elephant seals as they return to the central coast, tempers seem to be flaring as the males fight for dominance and their own piece of the beach.
Groups of females can be seen hanging out waiting to give birth, while still remaining tan-colored juveniles stare in amazement at the varying goings-on.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
What an exciting event....the first pup of the 09-10 birthing season was born yesterday at the Piedras Blancas colony !
In the photo above, you can see that even a newborn has no problem scratching its itchy back !
Friday, December 11, 2009
This pair of elephant seals looked so content and peaceful on the beach today waiting for yet another rainstorm to come ashore.
There are quite a few big male elephant seals now on the various beaches along with many tan-coated juveniles and some pregnant females. Amongst the mostly sleeping elephant seals, you could see many snowy egrets, and if you looked up, you could often see flocks of pelicans gliding south along the bluff.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
It's an exciting time at the beaches along the central coast of California as more and more elephant seals return in anticipation of the upcoming birthing and breeding season. Day by day more and more males of all ages are both seen and heard on the beaches and in the shallows as they come to join the early arrived handful of adult females, who are conceivably pregnant. Along with these more mature elephant seals, one can still see plenty of juveniles, often with their fur turning tan in preparation for next year's molting season.
Recently, HUGE adult male elephant seals with their large trunks have started to lay claim to their section of a beach. Not only have they taken up residency at the main colony by the Piedras Blancas lighthouse but also at several of the other beaches north and south of there. Most of them seem to spend their days sleeping after their long trek south after feeding and bulking up for the past few months. No doubt,they're also conserving their strength to be able to fight the inevitable battles of the upcoming months ashore.
Current weather at Piedras Blancas:
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It was a warm sunny day up at Elephant Seal Land by the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, and, as a result, there wasn't too much action amongst the mostly sleeping groups of young elephant seals. In contrast to the past few weeks, there appeared to be many more young males than females on shore...plus it looked as though many of the elephant seals born this past winter had also come to relax ashore on this lovely fall day. A couple of older males had also shown up maybe to get an early start on laying claim to territory for the upcoming birthing and breeding season in January and February.