Seal Yoga at Elephant Seal Rookery

seal yoga

Some seals have all the fun… look how flexible that seal is!

When Bob and I were looking for things to do along our California road trip, I stumbled upon the Elephant Seal Rookery just south of Big Sur. Immediately I was reminded of our experience at Seal Beach on Kangaroo Island and I knew it was somthing I wanted to add to our itinerary.

After resurfacing from near extinction, elephant seals started coming to this area on the Central California Coast around 1990. They seek refugee in this cove from northern winds and storms, and because of the small rocks and shallow shore, the pups are able to learn how to swim with much ease. The seals are always present at the rookery, but December through March is when the area is most populated with new mothers and adult males.

The Fall season is usually inhabited with seals in their teen years, and just like human teenagers, they loved to play and sleep!

Other seals laid on the beach and would flick sand onto their backs to protect them against the sun- like sunscreen.

This area is completely free to the public and should be added to everyones Big Sur or Central Coast trip. It will be hard to go to Sea World after visiting and watching the seals in their natural habitat, free to swim and play and love whenever and how ever they like.

Friends of the Elephant Seals have a small marine life center just south of the rookery to educate and answer any questions visitors have about the seals and other marine life on the Central Coast. You can become a volunteer or donate to help preserve this incredible natural habitat for these seals.

So- have you ever seen a seal practice yoga?!

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns TravelMindset.com and iExplore.com.

14 Comments

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Muza-chan

    Wow… so cute :)

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Laurel

    Love this, he really does look like he’s doing yoga. Wonder if he offers lessons, I’m looking for a new yoga teacher :)

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Denise

    I love seals!

  • Ha! Ha! I only wish I could do that yoga pose ;)

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Cathy Sweeney

    I love watching the seals — and what better place than at the rookery near Big Sur. Cool photo of the yoga seal!

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Rebecca

    Love it!! Who knew a place like KI was so close to home? I love seals!!

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Abhijit

    Nice post! :)

    Seals are so cute! :)

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Sophie

    Such beautiful animals, aren’t they?

  • I love the seals here! They are really noisy too. I have spent many hours just watching them play, roll around, sleep and make noise.

  • Reply October 14, 2011

    Cheryl Howard

    Awww, they’re so adorable. I love seals as well.

    Great pics!

  • Reply October 15, 2011

    Nancie

    Seals are so amazing. Nice to see these ones being protected. Great shots.

  • Reply October 15, 2011

    Heather

    I know how much you guys love animals and wildlife so this was PERFECT for you!

  • Reply November 29, 2011

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  • Reply August 29, 2012

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    It is pretty likely you’ll get an amazing, up-close view of WHALES from the boat this Labor Day weekend! They are feeding close to the surface, right outside the harbor!!! http://www.redanchorcharters.com/booking/

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