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.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
High surf and tide
With more king tides coinciding with high surf advisories, I worried about the pups on the beach. Although the water came up higher than usual, they had plenty of dry land above high tide line and were safe.
This mother has two pups, but they will likely sort themselves out.
The adults form a barrier to the highest surf line.
The Piedras Blancas, White Rocks, have been scoured by high waves. They are hardly white any more! The white comes from bird guano, which the waves have washed off.
I've written three books about raising traditional breed poultry in small flocks, How to Raise Chickens, How to Raise Poultry, and The Field Guide to Backyard Chickens. I blog about poultry at http://poultrybookstore.blogspot.com. I'm interested in all animals and the wildlife of California's Central Coast enchants me.