You will observe several generations of elephant seals close up and in their breeding colonies and see stunning vistas over the land and the Pacific Ocean. You will learn fascinating insider facts about elephant seals and how they adapt to life in the deep ocean. We will visit some observation points not commonly known to visitors and you have the opportunity to experience nature through the eyes of a naturalist.
You will also be able to watch for gray whales passing by on their migration between Alaska and Baja from one of the most famous places on the West Coast. If we get lucky we will see great horned owls, or peregrine falcons nesting in the cliffs!
To begin we will meet at Drakes Beach where we will observe the first group of seals as we wander along the wide sandy beach, backed by stunning, white sandstone cliffs. Next we will be caravanning to the stunning Chimney Rock trail with views of the main elephant seal colony. We will be able to observe several generations of seals: bulls fighting each other to establish dominance over the colony, yearlings and mothers nursing their pups. If we get lucky we will be able to see animals mating or giving birth.
The recently reopened light house is another beautiful destination. We will watch for migrating whales here and we can walk down to the lighthouse to see the exhibits in the lower lighthouse chamber.