Sixteen new elephant seal docents got their blue jackets at a ceremony Saturday October 29. They completed hours of training and study to qualify and have spent at least three shifts on the bluff with experienced docents. They are ready for the busy season, when the seals have their pups and breed on the beach.
Supervisor Adam Hill presented the certificates. The docents play a significant role at the bluff, helping the public understand and enjoy the seals. As volunteers, they have helped make the rookery a tourist attraction. Tourism is a major commercial interest for San Luis Obispo County and word of these unusual seals is spreading. They are becoming one of the reasons visitors come to the county from around the world.
There are never enough docents and we can't talk to everyone, but these sixteen add to the team. Welcome!