It was an animal day for Leslie today. We went to the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas. This is a natural rookery that is protected by a local group. At its peak, there are over 7,500 seals. At this time of year, it is the babies that were born between December of last year and March of this year. Their parents are out at sea – they spend 8 to 10 months at sea once they are mature. It was amazing to watch them. The ones that were sleeping would flip sand on themselves with their flippers to protect against sunburn. The males were mostly in the water practicing their bellowing and fighting. The mating season is in March and some locals told us that the males are as big as VW busses and the mating fights are something to see.
These same people suggested that we eat at Dockside in Morro Bay. It is where the locals go and it was delicious. As an added bonus, Leslie got to see otters in the bay. One of them still had a baby on its stomach. This is the first time she has seen that in the wild. She also got to watch a couple of them eating. It was almost more than she could take.