Photo: Elephant seal at Año Nuevo State Park

Elephant seal snoozing on a bed of kelp.

A male elephant seal snoozing in a bed of kelp on the shores of Northern California at Año Nuevo State Park. I took this photo back in 2007. I revisited Año Nuevo this month before leaving California, but alas, the elephant seals were not so obligingly close…and did not provide me with good photo ops. This snoozing beauty looks utterly at peace…while down the beach his male compatriots are wrestling in the surf as preparation for the winter when they may fight for dominance.

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