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Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon, you can see Elephant Seal Rookery, a place that played a major role in saving elephant seals from extinction. Protected from storms and predators, with wide sandy beaches and shallow rocky areas, this location is ideal for the seals. Depending on the time of year, you can witness the birth of baby seals, hear their strange noises during the breeding season, or watch an adult seal teaching a baby seal how to swim. Work out when and for how long to visit Elephant Seal Rookery and other San Simeon attractions using our handy San Simeon travel itinerary planner.
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  • The Elephant Seals appear to be expanding their range, but still provide a great place to visit with convenient parking. Viewing is from an elevated walkway with a fence to separate people from seals.  more »
  • Stop and see this. So easy to take a quick stop along the highway and see the elephant seals clowning around on the beach!  more »
  • Elephant Seals sunning themselves on the rocks. They seemed completely happy as an occasional wave splashed over them and responded with grunting noises of pleasure. Nice place to sit and day dream an...  more »