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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.

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17 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Amazing series!

gratography
gratography 3 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 3 years ago

Thank you all for your nice and weird comments.

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 3 years ago

So coote

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 3 years ago

Yep

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 3 years ago

So cute right

jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 3 years ago

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jcra-explorer4
jcra-explorer4 3 years ago

So cute right

jcra-explorer8
jcra-explorer8 3 years ago

cool

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Beautiful shots! Congrats.

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 3 years ago

Actually he's cute little seal

jcra-explorer12
jcra-explorer12 3 years ago

He's ugly

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Fabulous stuff Joshua.. congrats and thank you.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 3 years ago

Hey Daniele, Antonio, and Barb! Thank you!

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

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

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DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Great shots and conservation story Joshua!

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

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

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