Hearst San Simeon State Park–Elephant Seals


Elephant seals dot the coast at this protected rookery in San Simeon near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. At the top, a lone elephant seal makes its way towards the group. Another group of seals gathered around a water hole with their heads inward, flipping sand in the air to cover themselves.  Two seals were having a conversation, first one then the other bellowing to each other. A beautiful way to end the day and to leave the Big Sur country.

This is also known as Point Piedras Blancas, where there is not only the elephant seal rookery but an old lighthouse that is open for tours. Fran remembers being terrified by a movie she watched with her dad on TV when she was young (he had warned her) about a monster at Piedras Blancas. Sure enough, when she searched for it on the internet, she found that the name of the movie was “The Monster of Piedras Blancas”,  which was a take-off of the movie “The Creature of the Black Lagoon”. Needless to say, Fran was not interested in seeing the lighthouse!


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