Elephant Seal Viewing Guidelines

The viewing walkways at each end of the parking lot are part of the California Coastal Trail and are wheelchair accessible. The guidelines below are given for your comfort and safety and for the safety of the seals:

  • Park in the designated parking area.
  • Remain on the viewing walkways. The dunes and other bluff areas outside the fences or ropes are home to native plants and animals.
  • Plan to view from a distance.  Bring your binoculars and zoom lens for your camera.
  • Elephant seals are protected by federal law.  It is illegal to touch, throw anything or do anything to cause a reaction from any marine mammal.  If you witness someone harassing a marine mammal, call 1-805-927-2068.
  • Dogs and seals do not mix. Keep dogs on a leash and well away from the seals.
  • Do not feed the squirrels. Ground squirrels are wild animals, carriers of fleas and other vectors of disease, and occasionally they do bite.
  • Drones are not permitted in the rookery area.
  • There are no restrooms in the viewing area; plan accordingly.
  • This is a pack it in/pack it out site; do not leave a trace behind.
  • Please view the NOAA Fisheries Marine Wildlife Viewing Guidelines

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