A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Northern Elephant Seal Beachmaster

Mirounga angustirostris

Description:

Just an hour away from Sonoma County, Point Reyes has some of the best wildlife viewing in California. A loner northern elephant seal sits hearty as the beachmaster, waiting for females to arrive at anytime. The scars covering his neck show his victory over all other males. His power is astounding. Over 14 feet long and weighing in a two and a half tonnes, his single barks rattle the cold air (and your bones at this distance). Elephant seals were hunted, along with whales, in the 18th century for their blubber, which was processed into oil for lamps and lubrication. As few as 50 remained in the wild, surviving at the edge of extinction in Guadalupe. Protection from Mexico and the game-changing fuel kerosene saved this subspecies from total annihilation. There are now over 225,000 and growing.



Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

18 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Amazing series!

gratography
gratography a year ago

only visited once, it's a nice place and a nice picture

Josh Asel
Josh Asel a year ago

Thank you all for your nice and weird comments.

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 a year ago

So coote

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 a year ago

Yep

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 a year ago

So cute right

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 a year ago

Dgyrjfjigjfjfnubdhsg

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 a year ago

So cute right

jcra-explorer8
jcra-explorer8 a year ago

cool

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Beautiful shots! Congrats.

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 a year ago

Actually he's cute little seal

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 a year ago

He's ugly

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Fabulous stuff Joshua.. congrats and thank you.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel a year ago

Hey Daniele, Antonio, and Barb! Thank you!

Great spotting Joshua,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks for bringing us this positive conservation success story Joshua, it is our Spotting of the Day!

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/8...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Great shots and conservation story Joshua!

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Lat: 38.03, Long: -122.91

Spotted on Jul 10, 2017
Submitted on Jul 10, 2017

Related Spottings

Elefante marino Elefante marino (Elephant seal) Elefante marino (Elephant seal) Southern Elephant Seal

Nearby Spottings

California Harbor Seal Entoloma Mushrooms Sand crab By-the-wind Sailor