Elephant Seal Exploratory Rookery Tour


Elephant Seal Exploratory Rookery Tour

It’s peak season for elephant seal viewing on the Central Coast of California! The northern elephant seal is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting, and rest.

Piedras Blancas is a great place to view these remarkable creatures during their time onshore.

The Exploratory Rookery Tour will feature a presentation on northern elephant seals, followed by a question and answer period with a panel of Friends of the Elephant Seal’s most experienced guides. Each Exploratory Rookery Tour will assemble at Cavalier Plaza, 250 San Simeon Ave., San Simeon. Doors open for coffee at 9:30am. The Exploratory presentation begins at 10am and lasts about 90 minutes. The Rookery Tour will be assembled 30 minutes later at the kiosk south of the parking lot of Elephant Seal Vista Point. The Piedras Blancas Northern Elephant Seal Rookery is located 8 miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1.

Admission is free; reservations are welcome but not required.  For more information visit Friends of the Elephant SealFriends of the Elephant Seal is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about elephant seals and other marine life and teaching stewardship for the ocean off the central coast of California. It is a cooperating association with California State Parks.