Monday, January 9, 2012

Pup season

Plenty of pups on the beach. Several births this morning, but I wasn't in the right place to photograph any of them. Visitors were delighted.
The tide was pretty high, 6.2 feet, covering the rocks where the harbor seals rest. One showed up on the beach, resting with the elephant seals. He looked healthy and happy and soon returned to the water.

A scrap of the sac clings to this newborn.

The USGS Wildlife biologist reports that numbers are less than on the same December date in 2010, about the same as they were in 2009, but the season isn't in full swing. He'll do a definitive census at the peak of the season, in late January. As of December 28, there were just under 200 females on the beach at Piedras Blancas.

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