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Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

250 San Simeon Ave Ste 3b, San Simeon, California 93452-9715 USA

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Open Now
Wed 10a-4p
  • Independent
  • No Wifi

“6 miles of shoreline with sunning seals”

The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting, and rest. Piedras Blancas is a great place to view these remarkable creatures during their time onshore. The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery spreads over 6 miles of shoreline around Point Piedras Blancas on the central coast of California. The viewing areas are located 90 miles south of Monterey, 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument in San Simeon, 1.5 miles south of Point Piedras Blancas. The viewing areas are open every day of the year, are wheelchair accessible, and free. No reservations required.

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SandeepGyawali

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April 11, 2017
Rated 5.0

The marker is located way off from where the actual rookery is. But it's worth finding. It's where these massive elephant seals come to mate and give birth during the appropriate times of year. Very unique.

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June 26, 2015

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Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

250 San Simeon Ave Ste 3b
San Simeon, California
93452-9715 USA

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Open now until 4:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • No Wifi
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