Their faces may be cute, but these deep-sea divers are bloated and gassy. Occasional the fully-grown adults will kill the young accidentally by smushing them with their massive bodies – males can grow up to 14ft in length and weigh 5,000lbs! The northern elephant seal likes to decompress on the beaches of Año Nuevo State Park after diving deep into the northern Pacific ocean to hunt for food. Walking along the beach, you must keep your head on a swivel, as it is littered with farting, belching elephant seals. I was assured that they do not have the energy, desire, or wherewithal to attack – but those glassy black eyes are clearly harboring some kind of evil. The elephant seals also pose a risk to the archaeological sites situated on the point in Año Nuevo State Park, as their annual arrival on the beaches disturbed the soil and facilitates erosion, really. Still, Año Nuevo was a lovely park to visit and the amount of cultural and natural resources contained within its boundaries is astounding. It was an unforgettable experience to witness the northern elephant seal up close, and to learn about the history of the region. Farther inland, I also had a chance to see a California orange-belied newt which was remarkably slow-moving and nonchalant about its encounter with us humans. Certainly worth a day-trip to escape the Bay Area and explore a beautiful coastal landscape. The California Newt “This land did not become a wilderness until the white man came.” – Sitting Bull Salt Marsh in Ano Nuevo Pigeon Point Lighthouse Laughing Juvenile Elephant Seal Elephant Seal, “What do you want?” Elephant Seal Winking Young Elephant Seal Herd of Elephant Seals on the Beach Lighthouse at Ano Nuevo Island Beach erosion at point at Ano Nuevo Herd of elephant seals napping on the beach Elephant Seal staring into your soul Elephant Seal and Driftwood Sleeping Elephant Seal Baa baa black seal Lounging Elephant Seal on the beach Beach Erosion on the Point at Ano Nuevo What to Elephant Seals Dream of? Young Seal Posing for a Portrait Seal with Mouth Agape Seals and Beach Erosion Seals Sleeping in a Row Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.