Juveniles are replacing the adult males on the beach. These two followed each other out of the water and onto the beach.
Quite a few have already arrived. They enjoy a brief altercation, then return to a well-earned rest.
This blog records my experiences as a docent at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Highway 1 in California. Adult females and juveniles of both sexes return to the beach in spring to molt.