Point Lobos: Harbor Seals at China Cove

View of Seals at China Cove from Bird Island Trail

View of Seals at China Cove from Bird Island Trail

Mother and Baby Harbor Seals on Beach

Mother and Baby Harbor Seals on Beach

Harbor Seals Swimming

Harbor Seals Swimming

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (near Monterey, California) is an excellent place to view wildlife.  Hikers on Bird Island Trail can see mother and baby harbor seals on the beach at China Cove every spring.  The patterns of spots on each seal are unique and do not change over time.  A fun fact is that harbor seals can sleep underwater.  

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

10 Responses to Point Lobos: Harbor Seals at China Cove

  1. When we lived in Newport, OR there was a group of seals that were pretty much in residence full-time at the port. We could sit on our balcony and hear them barking. They were cranky snoozers most of the time, but we could get really close and they were great fun to watch. ~James

  2. Kongo says:

    I’ve been here many times. Beautiful spot and beautiful photo!

  3. Arindam Saha says:

    Beautiful! Haven’t seals ever… Would love to see them someday

  4. elisaruland says:

    Wonderful post and beautiful photographs. I’m knee deep in preparing my daughter for life in Southern California. I’m getting to know the L.A. area, but I’m looking forward to venturing out to the rest of the huge state of California. Thank goodness I have you as a resource!

    • Pam says:

      So happy to help! We are planning a trip to the LA area and Catalina Island sometime. There are some great places we haven’t seen yet. Number one when planning any outing in California is to check the traffic report and start early! An endless resource of fantastic information is the fun TV show “California’s Gold”. You can watch online anytime at: http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/

  5. Mast Holiday says:

    The seals looking pretty and in the cool & relaxable mood.
    such a great and peaceful place.

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