Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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#1 of 61 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
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. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We loved this natural setting and watching these huge elephant seals . To see 100s on the beach and in the water sleeping, molting, swmming, conversing was amazing!! There was a naturalist on duty who...  more »
  • well, we went there to see elephant seals, and boy did we get them! There must have been 150+ of them and thought that number is small compared to what they get at other times in the year, it was pret...  more »
  • We found out about this place on our way to Hearst Castle. It is only 4 miles north of the castle so we thought we'd check it out before heading back south. We were not sorry! There were hundreds of e...  more »
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