Anyone who knows me knows... 1) I love photography 2) I love the ocean 3) I love anything & I mean anything in the ocean.
July 4th weekend we, my boyfriend & I took a trip up to Monterey, Ca. On the way I asked him if he would mind stopping at the elephant seal viewing area up in San Simeon (For more information check out the website at www.elephantseal.org), of course we had only been together a few months and he had NO idea what he was getting himself into, he said sure. LOL I turn into a child & I admit it. I get SO excited and I get teary eyed, I had never seen elephant seals in the wild before & of course I have my camera.
These animals are so amazing, they are HUGE! And the nasally, guttural bark is like nothing I have ever heard, you can almost feel it inside your chest. I was in awe & Jason was so patient, he let me, be me. Crazy! I know!! I didn't want to leave, however we had too.
Down the way, we came across a hidden area and saw a bunch of elephant seals in the water play fighting or sparing & swimming. Of course I had to stop. We hiked down to them and were the only ones there, maybe 15' away, held back by a barbed wire fence & there was a little drop off to the water below. So we were safe and the seals were safe, although I still think they all wanted hugs. Here is where Jason really had his hands full, it took every once of control in me to stay on the right side of the fence and not go to the edge and lay down and take pics because… I am my fathers daughter!! So I opted for climbing up on the fence & got some spectacular photos.
Since July I have been on a couple 8 hr whale watching trips & seen 2 elephant seals out in the open water. We don’t get to see them often down here in Southern California. A few things to know about them when you look at these pictures…
If you would like to learn more, please visit www.elephantseal.org . And if you are ever up that way please stop by and visit, different seasons bring different behaviors and maybe some new pups!