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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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  • Not too many chances to see real wild animals in its natural habitat. This place is one of the unique and rare ones that one has this opportunity to watch the elephant seal on a magnificent wild natur...  more »
  • The Elephant Seal Rookery is a quick and easy stop along the Coast Highway. The parking lot is large and there is a nice path along the fenced bluff offering a great opportunity to watch the elephant ...  more »
  • This is a must do for families! The beach is literally covered with active, noisy elephant seals! The babies sound like screeching birds. The docents are knowledgeable and helpful.