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Signs of the season: elephant seals, born to breed

December 26, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

One of the most dramatic mating rituals in the animal kingdom is right on our Bay Area doorstep. Male elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park risk life and limb to be the guy who gets to impregnate up to 75 females.

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Footage of elephant seal pups nursing, and more

January 08, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Nature photographer David Cruz sent in these amazing pics and a video of nursing pups from his recent trip out to Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

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The Outer Point in Autumn

October 10, 2012 by Jules Evens

The Outer Point Reyes Peninsula is a Mecca for both birds and birdwatchers during autumn migration. And it's a fine place to see elephant seals as well.

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Ano Nuevo State Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

The Ano Nuevo Reserve hosts North America’s largest colony of elephant seals. Some are here year-round, but winter is the ...

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Elephant seals occupy area beaches

January 19, 2012 by Rachel Gulbraa

Thousands of elephant seals have colonized beaches to partake in annual, combative mating rituals. The mass of beached blubber is not just a tourist spectacle. It also draws the attention of non-human species that come to dine off the rare bump in food supply. About 10 percent of the pups born are casualties of the fighting males.

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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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Beyond Jaws

January 01, 2010 by Glen Martin

Fast, silent, and deadly, the great white shark has long evoked both fear and awe among those who live, work, and play along the California coast. Yet for all its press--both good and bad--we've known remarkably little about the life of this iconic creature. But recent scientific studies using pioneering tracking techniques are finally giving us a better look at the white shark's wide-ranging haunts and habits.


Elephant Seals and Climate Change

March 20, 2009 by Laura Hautala

A new study suggests that warmer ocean temperatures brought on by climate change may permanently skew sex ratios of northern elephant seals, the huge seals that visit a few Bay Area locations to breed.

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On the Rocks, with a Pup

February 20, 2009 by Kate Brittain

If you're looking for northern elephant seals, there is no place better to visit than Ano Nuevo State Reserve, home to the world's largest mainland breeding colony.

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