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Elephant Seals on the Beach

Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas near Hearst Castle

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Elephant Seals on the Beach

Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas

© 2009 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by permission.
It's hard to believe that the elephant seals would choose a beach so near California Highway One and just a few miles south of Hearst Castle for their rookery, but they certainly have created a spectacle.

Winter is prime season to see the elephant seals like this. This photo was taken in January, just as things were getting started.

Piedras Blancas is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just south of Hearst Castle. You can stay in San Simeon, Cambria or Morro Bay and include a trip to the beach in a weekend getaway in the area, or in a long day trip to visit Hearst Castle.

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