10 January, 2011

Elephant Seals @ Pt. Reyes


Point Reyes is home to birthing elephant seals this time of year.

We watched the drama of hundreds of elephant seals.
a beach packed with nursing mothers

For a few months life is on the beach for these huge seals.

Fights between males are common for breeding rights.

Fights between females are common for beach real estate.

a bull male moves to defend his harem...

...from this male intruder

It is a noisy affair with grunts and monkey sounds.