Sealed with a Kiss

What would we do without wild things in the world? Animals like this northern elephant seal could teach us a thing or two about life, like take the time to relax on a beach and don't take things too seriously. During breeding season, you can see elephant seals in the wild along the California coast on the beaches of the Santa Barbara Islands, Año Nuevo and Piedras Blancas.

Northern elephant seals are impressive marine mammals. Their enormous size and the males' elongated proboscis—resembling an elephant's trunk—give these seals their common name. To find food, they can dive to depths of up to 13 football fields deep—only sperm whales dive deeper. These goliaths may even nap while gliding downward!


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