Northwinds Photography

Northern Elephant Seal

Las Piedras Blancas State Park, California, USA

An hour north of San Luis Obispo on the California coast is Las Piedras Blancas, a stretch of beach that has been taken over by Elephant Seals.  Years ago, one could walk on the beach in the middle of the seals.  While this was a fantastic opportunity to get VERY close to these massive creatures, it did create the potential for disaster.  While a quarter the size of the bulls, even the females can weigh up to 1,300lbs (600kg), and they can all move surprisingly fast. 

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