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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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  • Fun and educational place to visit. Hundreds of elephant seals come here every year to give birth to their young. Interesting place.....males claim a place on the beach and their harem come here to gi...  more »
  • One of the highlights of our two week California trip. You can view the seals from a platform. We were in Pismo Beach and the docent said there was only one male seal there but when we arrived, he had...  more »
  • Great spot to see elephant seals from a 4 m distance. Perfect stop if you are coming from the Big Sur heading south.