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Northern Elephant Seal Rookery

Elephant Seals have inhabited the coast of Highway 1 for years, and they continue to be a famous stop while visitors are in the Cambria area. These ocean-going mammals spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to their land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to about 17,000 animals.

From the Light Station entrance turn right onto Highway 1 to the Elephant Seal Boardwalk (1.2 miles from the Piedras Blancas Light Station)
(805) 924-1628
Plaza del Cavalier, 250 San Simeon Ave
San Simeon, California 93452


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