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Published on Jan 31, 2016
Friends of the Elephant Seal is a non-profit organization providing interpretive services at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. The northern elephant seal spends 8-10 months a year in the open ocean traveling thousands of miles and diving thousands of feet below the surface. It returns to its land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting, and rest. During December, January and February – the birthing and breeding season – dominance over a portion of the beach and its harem by a male seal is vital to his breeding opportunity. Usually dominance is achieved by intimidation but, at times, a real battle is necessary. Here is one such battle that was captured on a sunny January Sunday by videographer Mark Chiolis and team members Brandt Kehoe, Loretta Stanley, and Lynette Harrison. Piedras Blancas is open 365 days a year and no admission fee or reservation is required to attend. For more information on the Elephant Seals and the Piedras Blancas Rookery please visit the Friends of the Elephant Seal website at elephantseal.org