Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon, California, USA
The elephant seal colony at Point Piedras Blancas, 7.7 miles north of San Simeon, California has experienced phenomenal growth in less than 25 years. Since the first pup was born in February, 1992, the colony has grown to more than 23,000 elephant seals along a 6-mile stretch of coastlne. Friends of the Elephant Seal formed in 1997 with the goal of providing information and education about the elephant seals. Docents at the viewing areas answer questions and help visitors get the most from their viewing experience. Public safety and respect for the seals are prime considerations.
Friends of the Elephant Seal serves an important function in assisting federal and state wildlife agencies in the protection of elephant seals and in promoting safe and responsible wildlife viewing practices. We are proud to be a cooperating association with California State Parks and to work closely with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Marine Mammal Center, and the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association. Friends of the Elephant Seal is working to have the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Ares included in the California Coastal National Monument.
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