‘Tis the season when the elephant seals of Αñο Nuevo State Park come ashore in Northern California to breed and make merry! I posted this article in the spring of 2014 after a visit to Αñο Nuevo at the tail end of the elephant seals’ breeding cycle and decided to repost it now since the new season for visitors kicks off in mid-December. This is a great time to look into a visit, especially if you’re interested in going on a weekend.
In the early 1920s, elephant seals numbered in only the double digits after being hunted to the brink of extinction for their blubber that was used to make oil. Today, the elephant seal is a conservation success story. Continue reading