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Published: April 25th 2009
Ano Nuevo Bay
Have probably hiked two thirds of the way from the starting point to get here. Looking East and South in this photo.
I decided to make the drive down to Ano Nuevo
to check out the Northern Elelphant Seals
during the pupping season. During the pupping season, all the hikes into the pupping areas are guided. You can go there other times of the year without being guided, and still see Elephant Seals though. I decided to take the guided tour to see what I could learn.
While these seals come to this area twice a year, the spend a vast majority of their time out at sea, far out at sea. While that must be a tiring existence, when they are here this time of year, they are generally here for around three months or so. Must be they get the majority of their rest for the year here.
It is supposedly a 1.5 mile hike from the parking lot area to get back to where the seals are. It didn't feel quite that long though. The guided tour is affordable too, only about $8 or so as I recall.
We saw about a dozen spouts in the water on our hike out to where the seals were. Those were from Gray Whales on their migration North. After this weekend, I made
The seals are found out along the coastline, but also inland sometimes a few hundred yards from the water, at least this time of year.
my way up to Point Reyes to see if I could see the whales on their migration better.
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