Singing With Two-Ton Elephant Seals in Pescadero, California
Down along the rugged, windswept coast of southern San Mateo County, about 90 minutes from San Francisco, Año Nuevo State Reserve is the site of one of the great spectacles of nature. The beautiful beaches here host the largest breeding grounds for massive northern elephant seals. Every winter, thousands of these once-threatened marine mammals arrive to give birth and mate. Visitors can walk among the seals on two-hour tours with trained naturalists. You can see 5,000-pound males compete for harems of females and 300-pound seal pups being fed by their mothers. The males sing and honk to mark their territory, while pups yelp just for the fun of it. It can be a truly romantic spot for the right couple.