Saturday, January 24, 2009
Believe it or not! Today it was raining on the Central California Coast so I decided to take a trip north to San Simeon. Many may know that Hearst Castle is located in these parts but across the highway is the molting ground of the Sea Elephant. I have seen these creatures on television but a close up look in person gives a better understanding of there immense bulk. The males are huge and very territorial regarding their harem. The beach was full of these immense creatures
The babies are born with a black coat and shed it in about 3 months at which time they are on their own. Until the time they are weened they consume mothers milk that is 55% fat. Needless to say they bulk up quickly.
Fortunately, I was able to witness a turf war amongst two males. Unlike a mating duel this one was without bloodshed and the loser was simply driven into the ocean.