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Elephant seals of Ano Nuevo
Posted By: xs400, 01-02-2008, 06:29 PM

I just got home from visiting Ano Nuevo State Reserve, CA - it's about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Ano Nuevo is a breeding colony for elephant seals. The adults seal start to arrive in December and by the end of January there may be 2,500 seals on the beach. When I was there today there were about 250 in the area. Below are some of my shots from the day. All shots take with K100D and DA 50-200mm. All the shots were cropped because people are not allowed to approach the seals too closely. The males weigh 3000 to 5000 pounds and are about 15 feet long!!

Resting on the beach.

Female hiding in the bushes

Female waving us a nice 'Hello'

One of the bigger males

Two males have a good look at each other

Two males having a disagreement.

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01-02-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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That's pretty cool. Nice pictures. I didn't realize they came on the beach and thought they stayed offshore and on rocks. I've been going looking for harbor seals in our RI bays this month.; no luck yet.
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Very cute.

#3 is not only waving hello.... She is smiling at the camera as well!!

Nice shots.. Thanks for sharin..

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QuoteOriginally posted by weatherwise2 Quote
That's pretty cool. Nice pictures. I didn't realize they came on the beach and thought they stayed offshore and on rocks.
Thanks for your comments. We were told that the elephant seals come on shore from late December through March to give birth to the pups and for mating. The males will stay on shore for up to 3 months without eating - they have lots of blubber to live on. After the pups are born, the females stay with the pups for only 1 month, then leave the pups. The pups have to figure out how to swim and catch food on their own. When the breeding colony breaks up, the seals live a solitary live out in the ocean, far from shore.

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Good work Frank. How did you manage that female hiding in the bushes? I enjoyed the whole series. Thanks!
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Nice shots Frank - I have seen Pier 39 in SF inundated with seals before but never on the beach - the female waving is a great shot. They others resemble how I feel some days! Thanks for posting.

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