Category: Elephant Seals

Seal Pups

The latest from the National Park Service: The annual seal protection measures begin on Monday, March 1st as harbor seal pupping begins. Drakes Estero closes to boating as does South Blue Gums Beach on Tomales Bay. Harbor seals, silvery in color and much smaller than elephant seals, will begin returning to the protected coves along…



Seals, Whales and the Bus

As winter arrives, we’ll be seeing the Northern elephant seals (lounging in certain areas) and Pacific gray whales (migrating past the peninsula) return to the Point Reyes area. This wildlife also brings lots of visitors and the return of the shuttle bus system that takes folks out to Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse. The shuttle…



Elephant Seals at Point Reyes

This weekend (Jan 18), we went out to Drakes’ Beach and saw some elephant seals up close and personal. One camped himself right next to parking lot; the one in the picture was about 3/4 miles south. To see elephant seals at Point Reyes, get yourself to Drake’s Beach. From there, you can take the…



What’s Going On in the Park: early Oct 2008

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: Young elephant seals have made an early appearance at Chimney Rock ; about 40 sub-adults (rowdy teenagers!) are on the beach practicing their wrestling and noisemaking skills in preparation for the winter breeding season Humpback whale sightings off Limantour and Agate Beaches continue…



Elephant Seals at Point Reyes: One-Minute Video

The folks at OpenRoad.tv do a compelling, peaceful one-minute video of the elephant seals at Point Reyes. via blip.tv



January in Point Reyes… what to do?

Turns out there is plenty to do in January in Point Reyes. On a nice, sunny day, the beaches and hikes are as pleasant as ever. Just bring another layer and get started a little earlier. Once the sun goes down early, it can get chilly. But January also brings unique opportunities for those of…