California Elephant Seals- Barking, Snarling, Arguing, Lumbering, and Snuggling

Traveling north up the California coast line in our rented car, after a wonderful night in Santa Barbara; we stopped to visit the seals. Zalophus Califorianus, California Elephant Seals. Fascinating to watch.

elephant sealsBarking Seals. You should have heard the noise. We heard it from the highway. Really sounded like a bunch of dogs.

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Snarling Seals, were really not happy with each other. No clue what the problem was.

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Arguing seals. They seemed pretty aggressive. I was glad to be good distance away.

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Lumbering Seals, coming ashore. They moved pretty slowly, so much weight to move around. It was a move stop, move again situation. Getting in from the water really took time.

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Snuggling and molting seals. They were laying all over each other. Suppose for the warmth, but given their weight I was surprised to see them stacked on top of each other. The molting made them all appear different colors, almost spotted in some cases.

California Seals really aren't true seals. Zalophus Califorianus are intelligent circus type seals. These seals are highly trainable. The navy trains seals, you see seals at the circus performing tricks, you know with the balls on their noises. They weight up to 660 pounds and can be 8 foot long if male, lighter and shorter if female.

**if you missed the previous post about traveling with children, it's not to late, it's still here.
for those who like to know whats up next...scenery still on the coast road check back

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  2. Just realized was logged in on my friend's account... It looks like you had a wonderful time. I am planning a campling trip to Big Sur in the early Fall. Thanks for visiting Foes of Prose - My college experience wasn't so bad, but I was a jaded witness to much of the crazy lifestyle there. Best, Anton www.foesofprose.com

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  3. That must have been an experience to remember. Good thing for cameras these days.

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  4. I remembered passing that place when we had our road trip back in December '07. It was very memorable to me since it's the first time I had seen Seals and can't believe how lazy they are, lol! oh, I'm jealous of you traveling around...I missed road trips:((

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  5. These are lovely...and to think they bludgeon baby seals to death still in Canada!

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  6. Hey Sandy,
    Every time I think of seals and I can't help but think about the documentary on killer whales and how they tossed the seals with their tales before devouring them. I know that is a gruesome thought but that is what comes to mind for me. It is good to see them lingering and conversing with one another vice being bait. I know you enjoyed being in their company and observing their behaviors. Thanks again for sharing your experience!

    Friends 4 Life!

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  7. Wow Sandy you do have some interesting road trips. I would love to see just half of the sights you've been able to see in person and photograph, thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  8. I love seals. They are so much fun to watch. When we were in San Fransisco, everyone else was off shopping. Not me! I was having the time of my life just sitting and watching the seals.

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  9. Seals are such cool animals to watch. They look blubbery and almost not real at times.

    E

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  10. What an awesome post, Sandy! The arguments may have been males establishing territory. They certainly have personality, don't they? There are some seals with facebook pages :)

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