Haul Out

Haul Out

CC and crew took a break from winter with a California Coast Wildlife Tour. One of the highlights was the elephant seal haul out or rookery. The Piedras Blancas rookery is right beside CA HWY 1 and only a wire fence prevents 5000 pound bulls from roaming out on the highway. These creatures lay on the beach without eating or drinking for about 3 months to have pups, mate, molt and get some rest. The males have bloody battles over females and make metallic belching sounds to attract mates. Many of the adults have shark bite scares and the males neck wounds from their fights. Segulls and vultures stayed close to keep the place tidy. CC managed to avoid being taken away by a seagull.

Life forces in view
Death of one is life to another
A delicate balance