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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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COVID 19 Update

COVID-19 Update-March 10, 2023   Check here for current status and recommendations in San Luis Obispo County.  A summary of our current status in our two locations: Elephant Seal Viewing Area is OPEN: The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Viewing Area is open daily...

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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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