Getting to Know the Elephant Seals
of the Central Coast
The northern elephant seals at Piedras Blancas (San Simeon, CA) represent the largest mainland breeding colony for the species. In collaboration with Dr. Dan Costa (UC Santa Cruz), Dr. Dan Crocker (Sonoma State University), the Friends of the Elephant Seal, and California State Parks, the VIP lab has initiated a long-term population monitoring program at Piedras Blancas. Our goal is to study the ecology and behavior of the animals, to lay the foundations for a greater understanding of our local population.