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South Beach, Piedras Blancas Rookery
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While the juvenile seals are still plentiful on the beaches at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, the first bull (adult male elephant seal) arrived on the Piedras Blancas north beach on November 3, 2021, marking the onset of the birthing and breeding season. As the season progresses, more sub-adult and adult male seals will continue to arrive and the juvenile seals will begin to leave.
The adult female seals are now completing their long migration journeys, returning from their foraging destinations, thousands of miles away at sea in the Pacific. We last saw them on our beaches in April and May for the spring molt. These pregnant adult female elephant seals will return in December and January to give birth. There are about 5000 births of pups at Piedras Blancas each winter. Perhaps you’ll be able to view a birth on our live beach cams!
Want to learn more? Visit What’s Happening Now to catch up arrivals and departures from the rookery beaches each month.
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As always, thanks for checking on the seals!
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
- 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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