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A Tale of Two Seals: Citizen Science At Piedras Blancas

This is the story of two young female seals who were born in different rookeries, to different mothers, within days of each other, 200 miles apart. When researchers tag and mark (with hair dye) elephant seals, it makes it possible to easily identify them throughout...

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Research Blog December 2021

A NARROW WINDOW by Tim Postiff The timing of reproduction in plants and animals is optimized for success and must be balanced against growth of the organism.  For northern elephant seals, birth must be separate from migration – birthing at sea is fatal for pups. ...

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COVID 19 Update

COVID-19 Update-December 18, 2021 Mandatory Guidelines for SLO County remain in place.  To limit COVID-19 transmission rates in SLO County, the SLO County Health Officer issued an order on August 31, 2021 for mandatory universal masking in ALL INDOOR LOCATIONS,...

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First Pup of the Winter Birthing Season!

On Thursday morning, December 16, 2021, we saw the first pup born at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Viewing Area (south beach).  And he has a name.. Casey! A record four people accurately predicted the date in our "first pup" contest.  Congratulations to Cindy...

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