Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirotris) are marine mammals with a life story that reads like a bizarre collection of extremes.
Hunted to near extinction in the 19th Century, the come-back of the Elephant Seals attests to the importance of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. Many other factors continue to impact their survival today, including climate change, over fishing and consumption of plastics.
Links and Resources:
Visit all my posts on Stinson Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes Elephant Seals
The Northern Elephant Seal Newsletter full of interesting facts about their lives and amazing adaptations.
Ocean Trail at Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, California--2015
Bird-banding at Seven Islands State Birding Park--2014
Bird-banding at Seven Islands
Enjoying Gray Jays in Churchill!--2014
Smithsonian National Zoo with one of my Whooping Crane banners and son, John--2014
The Incredible Muir Woods near Stinson Beach, CA--2014
Me and Denali--2012
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.