Point Piedras Blancas, A Recent Colony

Point Piedras Blancas, A Recent Colony (HM1JPG)

Location: San Simeon, CA 93452 San Luis Obispo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 39.814', W 121° 15.508'

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Thousands Strong and Growing...

Almost Lost Forever
In the late 1800s whalers discovered elephant seal blubber yielded extremely high quality oil. Hunted by the thousands for several decades, these animals were thought to be extinct until a small group was found on Guadalupe Island off the coast of Baja California. All northern elephant seals today are descended from that remnant population.
What a Comeback!
Elephant seals populated this beach only recently. In 1990, biologists spotted over a dozen animals for the first time. In 1992, the first pup was born, and by 1996 over 1,000 pups were born here at Pt. Piedras Blancas! Today that number has quadrupled. The total population of this colony is now more than 15,000.
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Since 1997, volunteers have served an important role in protecting these animals and educating visitors. For more information look for a docent in a blue jacket.
Protected By Law
In 1922 Mexico became the first government to protect elephant seals, followed by the United States. Today elephant seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
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Date Added Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 657632 N 3948031
Decimal Degrees35.66356667, -121.25846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 39.814', W 121° 15.508'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 39' 48.84" N, 121° 15' 30.48" W
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Area Code(s)805
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near CA-1, San Simeon CA 93452, US
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