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The elephant seal colony at Point Piedras Blancas, 7.7 miles north of San Simeon, California has experienced phenomenal growth in less than 25 years. Since the first pup was born in February, 1992, the colony has grown to more than 23,000 elephant seals along a 6-mile stretch of coastlne. Friends of the Elephant Seal formed in 1997 with the goal of providing information and education about the elephant seals. Docents at the viewing areas answer questions and help visitors get the most from their viewing experience. Public safety and respect for the seals are prime considerations.


Friends of the Elephant Seal serves an important function in assisting federal and state wildlife agencies in the protection of elephant seals and in promoting safe and responsible wildlife viewing practices. We are proud to be a cooperating association with California State Parks and to work closely with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Marine Mammal Center, and the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association. Friends of the Elephant Seal is working to have the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Ares included in the California Coastal National Monument. For further information, see www.facebook.com/YourCaliforniaCoast/.


elephant seal viewingImprovements at the vista points have enhanced the viewing experience with wheelchair accessible boardwalks built by the California Conservation Corps with support from the California Coastal Conservancy, interpretive signs provided by California State Parks and parking lot improvements by the California Department of Transporation.


Elephant seals usually return to mate on the same beaches where they were born. As more pups are born almost every year, the colony continues to grow. As the colony grows, interest in it grows as well. Three-quarters of a million visitors, from all over the world, come every year and our 100 docents talk to more than 180,000 of them.



Friends of the Elephant Seal
PO Box 490 - Cambria, CA 93428
Phone: (805) 924-1628
Fax: (805) 924-1629

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Plaza del Cavalier
250 San Simeon Ave.
San Simeon, Ca 93452


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School Group elephant sealsFriends of the Elephant Seal has specially trained school group docents available to introduce your children's group to the life on land and at sea of the northern elephant seal.


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