Watch the Elephant Seals

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Quiet therapy for your soul Aug 20, 2008
We had a great chance to stop along Highway 1 just north of San Simeon where the Elephant Seals have used the power of Eminent Domain to take over a nice beach. And after using this great power what do they do? Just lay around like big huge lumps of blubber. Some even had the gall to shed some of their skin right there in front of all the people who had come to look. Others laid as quietly as they could while a few used their flippers to throw sand at the flies who bothered them. At first I thought one was lifting a fin to wave hello to the crowd who had gathered but finally realized it was only holding up one center section the its flipper. Hmmmm, do you suppose? I also got a chance to capture one curious little guy who was also trying to get attention. This little squirrel was as anxious to look at us as we were in trying to see the huge Elephant seals. And even though he was watching us he was still more than cautious about letting anyone get too close. Between the huge seals and the small squirrel we found it to be a interesting and fun stop.
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Flyinhigh says:
What a great and useful review!!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2009
travelman727 says:
Great review! I guess it takes a squirrel to really apreciate another squirrel :-D
Posted on: Sep 28, 2008
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jan 06, 2006
If you're ever driving down Highway 1 through San Simeon in January

you'll notice what appear to be gigantic turds along the side of the

beach. Upon closer inspection you'll find that although the mounds

still smell pretty bad, they are in fact huge elephant seals! They get

their name both from the small trunks on their faces and their

gargantuan sizes. Male elephant seals easily weigh over 2 tons

(4000lbs, 1800 kg) and it is a wonder that the entire species isn't

extinct from being fatally flattened by one another. January is an

especially fun time to visit as the females are giving birth and the

males vie for dominance by bumping their chests together in a masculine

ritual that can also be witnessed in football locker rooms all around

the country.
Adult elephant seal.
Young elephant seal.
Chilling at the beach. They aren't…
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dansgirl1978 says:
yeah, they smell pretty ripe!!
Posted on: Nov 27, 2007
kevinw83 says:
Damn they do look like big turds. Lazy bums.
Posted on: Jan 07, 2006

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