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It's Baby Time!
updated: Dec 16, 2012, 9:16 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Elephant seals began arriving at Piedras Blancas Rookery just North of San Simeon in 1990 and the first pup was born in 1992. Now there are approximately 17,000 seals and around a 1,000 pups born each year. Here's a photo taken of the first pup born this season It was born on Dec 11th, but because of bad weather we didn't get a good picture until the 13th.

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 COMMENT 354675P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 09:22 AM

If you've never made the trip to see this, you definitely should!


 COMMENT 354677 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 09:28 AM

1990? They were there when my family would go to Cambria Pines Lodge in the 60's.Maybe they started counting them in 1990. Big diff.


 COMMENT 354694 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 10:16 AM

I wonder how much chow 17,000 of these go through a day?


 COMMENT 354706P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 10:49 AM

A history of the rookery is available from the organization that supports it at http://www.elephantseal.org/Rookery/history.htm


 COMMENT 354751 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 01:05 PM

Aww, adorable!


 COMMENT 354783 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 04:11 PM

The moms and pups are so cute..but the males...wow so impressive, and they scared me too!


 COMMENT 354794 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 04:53 PM

It's worth the drive on a nice day. I couldn't believe how many of them were there and how well organized it was (with all the walkways and volunteers).


 COMMENT 354826 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-16 08:19 PM

677...you may have seen Elephant Seals up near Cambria in the 60's, but the biggest migrations occurred in the early 90's. In those days my husband and I were frequent visitors to the Big Sur area. One early evening, sitting on the deck of the Nepenthe restaurant, we witnessed an incredible sight...I'm not certain anyone really knew what it was at the time. From high above the ocean, we saw a giant black mass in the shape of a 'V' heading south. We're talking a black mass about 1/2 mile long! We later learned it was a giant group of elephant seals swimming south and would eventually take up permanent residence at the current sites they are found today.


 POWDRELL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-17 07:00 AM

Great photo. I love visiting the Pietras Blancas beaches. Gotta get back up there to see the pups. Thanks for sharing the photo.


 COMMENT 355240 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-18 11:25 AM

Oh THANK YOU for posting this!!!! We forget how lucky we are to have these beautiful creatures so near to us..


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