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My World #104: Ano Nuevo State Reserve

17 Jan

It’s a long weekend in this part of the world and I had some time to look through my old digital photo albums and I found a small trip that I hadn’t share with you yet.

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Fifty-five miles south of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, a low, rocky, windswept point juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish maritime explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sailed by the point on January 3, 1603. His diarist and chaplain of the expedition, Father Antonio de la Ascension, named it Punta de Año Nuevo (New Year’s Point) for the day on which they sighted it in 1603.

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Año Nuevo State Park is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal, and the interpretive program has attracted increasing interest every winter for the past 19 years. People who hope to see the seals during the winter breeding season are urged to get their reservations early. The males battle for mates on the beaches and the females give birth to their pups on the dunes.

During the breeding season, December through March, daily access to the park is available via guided walks only. Most of the adult seals are gone by early March, leaving behind the weaned pups who remain through April. The elephant seals return to Año Nuevo’s beaches during the spring and summer months to molt and can be observed during this time through a permit system.

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For more information about this park, click here.

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22 Comments

Posted by on January 17, 2011 in My World

 

22 responses to “My World #104: Ano Nuevo State Reserve

  1. Carver

    January 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    What a fascinating spot to visit. That’s good that they protect the seals from too many visitors during certain times.

     
  2. seniorhiker

    January 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I agree that this would be a fascinating place to visit. It’s good that they have a system to make the park accessible to people while protecting the seals.

     
  3. Randi, Sweden

    January 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to see this place. It´s great that this “nursery” is well protected.

     
  4. Sylvia Kirkwood

    January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    How wonderful! I would love to visit there! I too am glad the seals are so well protected! Terrific captures! Hope you have a lovely week!

    Sylvia

     
  5. EG Wow, Canada

    January 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I’m glad this nursery is protected! Let’s hope it continues to be! 🙂

     
  6. babooshka

    January 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Wildlife of any kind should always be protected and it is indeed good to see such measures. Also it’s looks so beautiful.

     
  7. Karen

    January 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What a gorgeous area. Love those sleepy seals.

     
  8. noel

    January 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    aloha,

    what an excellent time to be there, i haven’t trekked there in along time

    thanks for sharing that with us today

     
  9. Gary

    January 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Great tour, but you need to do another one with more seals. Looking forward to it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

     
  10. robert

    January 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    You live in a wonderful world.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

     
  11. Rajesh

    January 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Beautiful place. The second shot is very scenic.

     
  12. Martha Z

    January 18, 2011 at 3:14 am

    A great thrill to watch these animals. There is also a spot near Cambia that we have stopped at several time.

     
  13. Kay Davies

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Fabulous place! And I love the name of it.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

     
  14. ladyfi

    January 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    What delightful pictures!

     
  15. magiceye

    January 18, 2011 at 6:09 am

    fascinating place to visit!

     
  16. life ramblings

    January 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    that looks like a beautiful spot to visit. and it seems like the seals are in sweet slumber. 🙂 great captures.

     
  17. Cecilia Artista, Spain

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Fantastic place! I would love to visit it!
    Beautiful shots!

     
  18. Alicesg

    January 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Wow there’s so many seals on the beach. Lovely photos and am sure you had a wonderful trip there.

     
  19. Lotusleaf

    January 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I would love to visit this place sometime. Thanks for sharing.

     
  20. Misalyn

    January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Indeed a fascinating place to visit and observe the seals and click nonstop for beautiful sceneries :)). I agree with Rajesh, second photo is indeed very scenic.

     
  21. Steve

    January 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit there to see the elephant seals, but have yet to do so.

     
  22. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    January 19, 2011 at 3:54 am

    What a great getaway! Those elephant seals are amazing, just basking in the sun. The perfect beach animals. Beautiful shores too. I miss the West sometimes!

     

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