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AGE CLASSES

 

FES

Pup

< 1 month

elephant seal pup

Weaner

1-12 months

elephant seal weaner

Yearling

1-2 years

yearling elephant seals

Juvenile

2-5 years

elephant seal yearlings

Subadult

Males 5-8 years

adult elephant seals

Adult

3+ years for females,

8+ years for males

adult elephant seals

 


Viewing Rules and Recommendations

 

elephant seal viewThe viewing walkways at each end of the parking lot are part of the California Coastal Trail and are wheelchair accessible. The guidelines below are given for your comfort and safety and for the safety of the seals:

  • Park in the designated parking area.

  • Remain on the viewing walkways. The dunes and other bluff areas outside the fences or ropes are home to native plants and animals.

  • Elephant seals are protected by federal law.  It is illegal to touch or throw things orcause a reaction from any marine mammal.  If you witness someone harassing a marine mammal, call 1-805-927-2068.

  • Dogs and seals do not mix. Keep dogs on a leash and well away from the seals.

  • Do not feed the squirrels. Ground squirrels are wild animals, carriers of fleas and other vectors of disease, and occasionally they do bite.

  • Drones are not permitted in the rookery area.

  • Please view the National Marine Sanctuaries Marine Wildlife Viewing Guidelines

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Photo contributions by Phil Adams, Joan Crowder, Peter Hemming, Brandt Kehoe, Tim Postiff & Nancy McKarney