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.
Monday, August 5, 2013
More boys on the beach
Adult males enjoy the beach in August. They don't have much to do except let their skin peel off and rest.
This impressive male has a well-developed chest shield, indicating he's mature. They can live to 14 years but 12 is the prime breeding year.
New skin needs not additional treatment. Just peel off the old layer and the new is ready to wear. This experienced old guy has scars to show his years. Initially, I thought he had something on his head, but it's just light-colored old skin.
Lying around in a pile makes a good day at Piedras Blancas.
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.