July 3, 2018
Just Beachin’ It
- as seen by -Samantha Pelletier
On the coastline of Pescadero, California lies a little gem; Año Nuevo State Park.
Every year, thousands of people come from all over the world to catch glimpses of one of the West Coast’s largest mammals, the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris). The seals return to these beaches every year to mate, give birth, and molt. All their other time is spent out at sea. This female will leave the sandy coastline and travel into open ocean in search of food in the northeastern Pacific, while the males will migrate northward in search for food. The males travel as far north as Alaska along the continental shelf.
Protecting these coastlines and our oceans will help this beautiful species thrive. Proper discarding of waste and recyclables, beach clean ups, and ocean clean up initiatives are key to keeping their home safe and a place where their offspring can grow and live to bring on the next generation.