Año Nuevo Elephant Seals


It was a little early to be making the trek out past the dunes to see the Elephant Seals. The larger males won’t be arriving for another few weeks but we were in the neighborhood so we stopped by anyway.


They were present in high numbers, mostly females and young males play fighting in the surf.


This one survived a Great White Shark bite to the neck and was badly wounded. The thickness of its blubber likely saved its life.


The Sea Lions that had overrun this house in the past had relocated to nearby rocks and the spooky structure lay deserted once again.

7 responses

  1. Siobhan Ruck

    Wow, hard to believe that one could survive such a wound. Amazing what the will to live can make possible sometimes.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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  3. Where are birds???

    October 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

    • This sight is not only about birds. Just mostly.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

  4. Sandy Slichter

    Nice to see Walter. I haven’t been down to Ano Nuevo in a few years and this is an inspiration to get back to see them. Particularly when it’s calm and the bulls aren’t running over everybody! Thanks, as always.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

  5. Wow…that wound. I can’t imagine he’ll (she’ll?) survive it.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:19 am

  6. fotoanna3000

    Cute seals! Best regards Anna

    February 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

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