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Wintertime Marine Mammal Watching!

     

January through March is a perfect opportunity to watch elephant seals on beaches and to view the spectacular migrations of gray whales as they head south to Mexico for the winter.

Here is a quick reference list of some of the most pristine areas along the California coast you can visit to see elephant seals and gray whales.

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Point Reyes National Seashore - Northern elephant seals, gray whales

Located at Chimney Rock near the light house, docents are available to guide your viewing of gray whales and elephant seals. January is a fabulous time to see gray whales from this picturesque park and in January, the beaches may be crowded with as as many as 1,400 elephant seals! No reservations required. For information, contact Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 464-5100 or visit their website.

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Año Nuevo State Reserve - Northern elephant seals

Located on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz, docent-led tours are available between December through march and advanced reservations are highly encouraged. Here you'll marvel at the majestic beauty of northern elephant seals as they are mating and giving birth to their pups. For reservations, contact Año Nuevo at (800) 444-4445 or visit their website.

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Piedras Blancas - Northern elephant seals

Located along Highway 1 near Hearst Castle, docent-led tours are available. This is another great haul out area to see northern elephant seals between November and March. Contact the Friends of the Elephant Seal at (805) 924-1628 or visit their website which includes a live webcam!

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MacKerricher State Park - Gray whale interpretive talks

The main entrance to MacKerricher State Park is located approximately three miles north of Fort Bragg, California on Highway 1. Migrating gray whales, numbering more than 20,000 individuals, pass by the Mendocino coast in winter and spring and docents are on hand to provide free lectures and hand out binoculars! Turn in when you see the MacKerricher State Park sign, and park near the entrance station and visitor center. For more information call (707) 964-9112 or visit their website.


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