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It’s Prime Time to See Elephant Seals Give Birth in San Simeon

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Now is the perfect time for animal lovers to head to San Simeon and check out the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas rookery.

January is the month when the most births occur, and last weekend the viewing area was packed with onlookers thrilled to see mama seals giving birth.

According to the nonprofit Friends of the Elephant Seal, the first pups of the season were born on Dec. 16.

Viewing areas are open daily, and there is no charge. Signs provide information about elephant seals, but you can learn a lot more from volunteer docents in the viewing area.

If you can’t make it to the coast, click on the Friends of the Elephant Seal live-stream cam at this link.

Adult elephant seals live mostly at sea, spending about nine months of the year there. They come ashore in winter for birthing and breeding. Later on, they return to the beach to shed their fur and grow a new coat. Juveniles hit the beach for a month in late fall or early winter. This image was taken on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, at San Simeon. (GV Wire)

 

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