Año Nuevo State Reserve

Año Nuevo State Reserve is about 25 miles south of Half Moon Bay and is one of the few remaining elephant seal haul outs in this area. It is the largest remaining breeding colony of the northern elephant seal. Breeding season is December through March and you must be accompanied by park personnel. It is about a 1.5 mile hike to the beach head from the parking lot and visitors are restricted in order to keep from overwhelming the seals by crowds.

Año Nuevo is prime white shark territory. The sea lion shown raising his head in the photo titled "Irritating Avian Visitor" had an obvious bite mark that was quite deep. He probably will not survive.

The first of the photos were taken in 2004 with a Nikon D100. Starting with Año Nuevo Island, they were taken in 2008 with a Nikon D300.

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The Beach Crowd
Irritating Avian Visitor
Juvenile Molting Male
Tough Afternoon?
Mock Battle
Complain Complain!
New Arrivals to the Beach
Ano Nuevo Island
Soaring Brown Pelican
New Year Creek Cove
Looking Down the Coast to Santa Cruz
Quarrelsome Adolescent Males
More Serious Battles