Natural History: Northern Elephant Seals
Northern elephant seals are huge marine animals, with males weighing more than two tons.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a great place to view these animals, but not in summer. Rather, come either late in the year or early in the year when the seals congregate on the seashore's beaches to breed and give birth.
Hundreds, and sometimes more than 1,000, elephant seals gather at the seashore. In 2007 nearly 1,300 of the mammals were counted at the Point Reyes Headlands on February 1.
These huge seals spend the bulk of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to molt, give birth, and breed.