We were unaware that it is Pupping Season and that a large section of the beach was closed off to protect the Harbor Seals. The seals either couldn’t read the signs or just didn’t care about them because they were everywhere.
When we arrived at the parking lot, some helpful people gave us a heads up on the location of several Elephant Seals. These pinnipeds were 12 to 15 feet in length and enjoyed their time in the sun.
That’s not a rock in the center of the photo, that’s an Elephant Seal on the iceplant.
We sat and watched the seals for a few hours while we ate a picnic lunch. Some visitors stopped by to chat and after a while we all took a quiet walk down to the beach. I wandered off to take some photos of the white cliffs that inspired Sir Francis Drake to call this area, Nova Albion (New England), in 1579.
Guess who woke up while we were on our walk?
Discretion being the better part of valor, our assembled group vacated the premises and let nature take her course.
It’s all yours, pardner.
NOTE: The last two photos were taken using the digital zoom on my iPhone X. We stayed a respectable distance away from the animals (as posted) and were not as close as it appears in the photos.