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Fur Seals Making a Comeback on the Farallones

October 05, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Recent surveys on the Farallones show that the islands’ cute, feisty fur seals continue to make a comeback, more than a century after the West Coast population was hunted nearly to extinction.

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High Time For Harbor Seal Pupping

April 22, 2011 by Erica Reder

Unlike sea lions and elephant seals, harbor seals shun attention. A harbor seal may flee at the slightest disturbance, and mothers have been known to abandon pups when harassed. Late April is peak pupping time, so watch out when you are kayaking on the Bay or walking certain beaches.

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Tracking an Extreme Mammal: Elephant Seals

March 14, 2011 by Juliet Grable

They can plunge to depths of more than a mile and stay submerged for 90 minutes without coming up for air. They can swim up to 14,000 miles a year. The males can weigh over two and a half tons. You could say elephant seals are “Extreme Mammals,” record-holders in several categories, including deepest divers. And with new tracking methods, we’re learning more than ever about these amazing creatures.

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Winter Wildlife Watching

February 02, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and nothing melts the heart like the sight of a newborn marine mammal pup. How about a thousand of them? That’s how many elephant seals have been born at Ano Nuevo State Park, and another 500 are on the way. Throw in 700 more at Point Reyes. Oh, and it’s the beginning of gray whale migration too. What are you waiting for?

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Elephant Seals at Point Reyes

January 01, 2002 by Marilyn Smulyan

Last January, “Ear to the Ground” wrote about the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County,

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