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Published November 18th 2012
Definitely something to add to the "100 Things to Do Before I Die" list is the sometimes lively, mostly lazy elephant seals that can be seen along the Pacifc Coast Highway drive between Los Angeles and San Fransisco.
About four hours north of Los Angeles, just out of the small town San Simeon, these large, oceanic animals, which were once hunted to nearly extinction, are thriving.
Driving north out of San Simeon, just after the Hearst Castle, turn off you will see a parking area. Once parked, the A frames will direct you to the best viewing spot of the day overlooking the beach at Piedras Blancas.
The amount of elephant seals sprawling along the beach is incredible. Depending on the time of year, you may see young elephant seals, females ready for mating season, or the dominant males roaring and protecting their territory. Most of the time they just laze around in the sun, playing in the sand or rolling around.
There are plenty of information boards around providing information on the history of the seals, and a month by month description on the elephant seals plans.
TIPS - Petrol gets pricey around San Simeon and beyond so make sure you fill up the tank before leaving a major city.