Where Can Elephant Seals Be Found?

Northern elephant seals are found in the North Pacific, along the coast of North America, from Baja California, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands. During the breeding season and molting periods, they live on beaches on offshore islands and a few remote spots on the mainland. The rest of the year elephant seals are at sea, well off shore (up to 5,000 miles, or 8,000 km), and may descend to over 5,000 feet (1,524 m) below the ocean’s surface.

There are several mainland locations to view the elephant seals along the California coast, as you can see in the map, including Piedras Blancas,  Año Nuevo State Park,and Point Reyes National Seashore.

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