Elephant Seal Weaner
A sleepy "weaner" elephant seal takes a
break from napping to take a look around.
The pup recently molted and lost its dark
baby fur. The pup is about 6 weeks old.
The moms leave the pups after 4 weeks of nursing.
The weaners are left to learn how to swim before
they go out to sea (a long swim to Alaskan waters).
These northern elephant seals grow to be as long as
16 ft. and as heavy as 5,000 pounds.
Return to the Nest
A male great blue heron returns back
to the treetop nest. Its sunset chores
include collecting branches for nest construction.
Pt. Lobos State Reserve