Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Seashore

An elephant seal colony at Chimney Rock

By the docks
This male elephant seal is bellowing to show who's boss

Recently, I had visited a nearby attraction from my hometown called Point Reyes National Seashore. This astonishing and unique place is home to some of the most interesting wildlife native to California. One particular creature that makes its home here is the northern elephant seal. These are some of the most gigantic seals in our world. They are named for their unusual nose, which resembles an elephant's trunk. During their breeding season, which lasts from November to April, these seals haul out along the beaches where there is a stiff competition to mate. It is a time when the air echoes with roars and bellows, as the males let each other know where they are and how tough they are. If one is lucky, he/she could catch a glimpse of two evenly-matched males shoving each other back and forth until one of them retreats. In Point Reyes, one of the prime hotspots to find elephant seals is Chimney Rock. During my visit there, I could hear the deep rumbling bellows of these great beasts but I never saw a fight scene between two males. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience to be out and capture some interesting images of these animals. Hope you all enjoy.

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