All Images Copyright by Tom Debley, 2010
The day was unseasonably warm, which makes life uncomfortable for the elephant seals. Their blubber keeps them warm in cold water, and sand flipping helps them keep cool on land. They toss it over their bodies so that the sand acts as a sun screen. At the right and below are examples.
|A pup weighs about 300 pounds when it stops nursing. Mom, after mating again, returns to the ocean.|
|Moms & their pups.|
|Females 'argue' over territory.|