We were covering the last few km to San Simeon on our epic USA road trip when we saw signs to ‘Elephant Seal Beach’. Having seen all the elephant seals (5ish) at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey I just thought there’d be a few laying around, but it could be worth a photo.

Just five seconds later and running as far as the eye could see down our right hand side hundreds, if not thousands, of the blubber weights were just strewn across the beach. In fact you could barely see any sand for the seals everywhere.

We were ooing and squealing, as you do when you see a beach full of seals, and swung into the lookout car park. I rushed out the car to be hit with a wall of absolute freezing cold as I ran down to the seafront in my flip flops. The icy hit was worth it though – the seals looked absolutely incredible all lined up.Elephant seal beach

I do a very good impression of a seal, that you’ll just have to ask me for, if ever I meet you in person. The seals loved it and we had a right old chat. My fellow seal admirers looked at me a bit strange though – jealousy.

The sun was setting and some of the seals were frolicking by the sea, while about 20 of us looked on kind of disgusted by the big blubbery mess hardly able to move their own weight, half fascinated by how colourful their leathery skin looked in the sun. They were

You can’t actually go down and see the seals close up, but you cgot a great view across the viewing platform. Look, see…

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