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“great stop”

Elephant Seal Rookery
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

amazing sight to see. Wow I'm so glad we stopped there. this is a not to miss sight. We were in awe of how huge they were.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I had previously seen elephant seals at Ano Nuevo, further north, so want to share this with my family. Unlike Ano Nuevo, it was about a 50 foot walk to where you could view the seals, rather than a couple of miles.

In July, the residents are all sub-adults, and mainly male. If possible, you want to come much earlier in the year. when the adults are there and dominance is established. Nevertheless, it was fascinating to watch them swim and move on the beach, occasionally flipping sand on their backs to keep cool. Even our teenage daughters, who are not normally enraptured by nature, were enthralled.

Thank Ejeffrey
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Don't miss this if you love animals. You can get within 30 feet of these behemoths! Free parking, porta-potties available.

Thank Joshua G
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I had no idea that these amazing creatures were previously near extinction, and that they have made such a remarkable come-back! It was so thrilling for our family to see them.

Thank klbinco
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Elephant Seal Rookery is app. 14 miles from San Luis Obispo, Ca. What an experience. Males were on the beach during what is termed a "catastrophic" molt. The beach is lined with elephant seals. No words can possibly express the experience. Go and be prepared to smile, laugh, and be awed by nature in action.

Friends of the Elephant Seals are on had to answer questions---look for the blue-shirted docents.

Although these animals are beautiful to behold, remember they are wild---and bigger than you!

Donations accepted on site...make sure you toss in a few to help these creatures.

Thank GraciousGoodness
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