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South Beach, Piedras Blancas Rookery

North Beach, Piedras Blancas Rookery

UPDATE:  We are aware that the live stream is not working well for all viewers and addressing the problem. Thanks for checking on the seals!

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If you are witnessing harassment of an elephant seal anywhere in the rookery or any human activity of concern on the live stream, please call State Park Dispatch: 805-927-2068.  As always, thanks for checking on the seals! 

Want to learn more about what you’re seeing now?

You can visit the Friends of the Elephant Seal YouTube Channel to see videos about the Winter Birthing and Breeding Season in 14 languages!  Choose from English, Spanish, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Russian!

Check out our latest addition to the YouTube channel: Beachmaster Battle 1-4-2023 

Winter Wildlife Wonders is now active on our Facebook and Instagram pages until late February. This informative series provides both natural history and research findings, as well as tips for respectful wildlife viewing of the elephant seals and conservation information.

Of course, it’s the birthing season at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal viewing area!  We will try to keep focused on new moms and pups on south beach camera.  Watch with us and welcome these “tiny” (well, sort of)  new elephant seals to the world!

We’re following the return of adult female elephant seals to their rookery to give birth. Many thanks to the Beltran and Costa labs at UC Santa Cruz for sharing their migration tracking research, so that we can follow their incredible journeys, from thousands of miles in the Pacific, back to California.  Watch our Facebook page to see their progress through images from and accessed from  

Planning a visit? Check What’s Happening Now to catch up arrivals and departures from the rookery beaches each month. 

About The Seals

About Elephant Seals

Seals on the sand

The northern elephant seal is the second largest seal in the world, after the southern elephant seal. Much more agile in their ocean environment, an elephant seal moves on land with considerable effort, by using its front flippers and belly. Adult males are 14 to 16 feet (4 to 5 m) in length and 4,000 to 5,000 pounds (1,400 to 2,300 kg) in weight. The females are much smaller at about 9 to 12 feet (2.5 to 4 m) in length and weigh 900 to 1,800 pounds (400 to 800 kg). Pups are 3 to 4 feet (1 m) long at birth and weigh about 70 pounds (32 kg).

What's Happening On The Beach?

Month by Month at the rookery

The number of seals at the rookery peaks three times during the year: in late January when most births have occurred, around the first of May at the peak of the juvenile/adult female molt, and in late October during the fall or juvenile haul-out. The annual cycle begins in November with the arrival of mature males at the end of the month.

Why Elephant Seals Are Awesome

Fun Facts

  • Elephant seals take their name from the large proboscis of the adult male (bull), which resembles an elephant’s trunk.
  • Male elephant seals weigh as much as a small truck or cargo van.
  • Elephant seals are shielded from extreme cold more by their blubber than by fur.

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