12 Apr Elephant Seals and Mustangs

Source: Little Big Travelling Camera

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (134.5mm, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO200)

There is a big reason to visit San Simeon. Or better there are hundreds of them. Big and fat reasons.

This is probably the best places to see elephant seals up close but it is for sure the most convenient one. Just right beside the highway number 1. It’s impossible to miss. There is a big parking lot and hundreds of visitors. I have to admit that before I came here for the first time I had no idea that there are elephant seals in the Northern hemisphere. For me those giants always belonged to places like Antartica and South Georgia. Remote places that I might never visit. So imagine my surprise to find them here in sunny California right beside the highway.

OK the northern elephant seal is a little smaller than its southern cousin but bulls are still up to 5 meters long and 3.5 tons heavy. So they are still a very impressive sight.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (63.8mm, f/10, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (128mm, f/10, 1/200 sec, ISO320)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (55mm, f/9, 1/340 sec, ISO200)

Impressive they are indeed (just look at the image above and compare to the size of the people) but maybe not the most attractive animals and the most active animals on the planet. Especially here in California. They look lazy tourists. Spoiled by nature documentaries I expected at least some smaller bulls involved in a bloody fight but there was no action at all beside an occasional grunt…

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