Saturday, September 15, 2012
Fall Haul-Out Picking up Speed
Click here to see more photos of our current visitors.
This fall, a good many of these elephant seals also seem to be unusually generous in 'decorating' our shallows and sandy beaches with their own brand of often brightly-colored fertilizer.
Why elephant seals choose to eat seaweed/kelp is not clear. Maybe they do so for the same reason dogs eat grass...to aid in digestion.
Click here to watch video of young males struggling to swallow some seaweed. ( Some of the video has been slowed down to better show the action. )
As we proceed further into the Fall Haul-Out, more and more elephant seals will come ashore to get some R&R before heading out once again to feed before the birthing/mating season that will start sometime in December.