Blue whales share the ocean with elephant seals. Some were sighted recently in Monterey Ba, less than 100 miles north of Pedras Blancas, http://www.youtube.com/user/PrincessMonterey. Humpback whales also live off the Central Coast, and were sighted in the bay, http://www.youtube.com/user/PrincessMonterey.
Lots of seals were swimming in the water at Piedras Blancas on Monday. Seeing them surface reminds you how much is going on beyond our awareness. This picture shows a pile of large adult and sub-adult males at the south end of the bluff, with one recent arrival resting close to the water.
It's been very busy, both on the beach and with visitors on the boardwalk. America's on vacation! Lots of European tourists, too. The experiences they have on the Central Coast return home with them.