Friends of the Elephant Seal, San Simeon

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#1 of 62 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon and four miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can see Friends of the Elephant Seal. With over 5000 births per year, the estimated total colony size of 25,000 seals makes this site the largest mainland rookery (birthing place) for the Northern  Elephant Seal species. 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 the iconic roar of male seals during the breeding season, or watch young seals spar with each other on the beach and in the surf. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Friends of the Elephant Seal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Wow... this place is a must while traveling the California Coast! I could have watched the behavior of these huge animals for hours. We were there in February and watched barking, breeding...  more »
  • Elephant seals visit central California for about five months(November- April) each year. When I grew up in NYC, I saw National Geographic shows about them, and now I can see them. You can look up.....  more »
  • We never tire of visiting the elephant seals near San Simeon. Sometimes they are sleeping and lazy and other times sparring right before your eyes! This is a free park and view area, short, easy...  more »
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