Adolescent Ellies~

Just learning,

how to be,

bullies.

The females,

and pups,

take a relaxed approach,

to the budding testosterone,

conserving their energy,

for the often futile battles ahead.

Cheers to you from Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals in Big Sur California~

143 thoughts on “Adolescent Ellies~

  1. Such adorable faces only their mother – and Nature geeks like us – could love. Beautiful photos Cindy. I think you captured their good side. How sleek they look! Best, Babsje

  2. It is fascinating to see something so very different from my daily sightings – and you have given us a beautiful range of photographs to admire.

    • Nay, that’s a mellow, molting, pup. When the pups molt, they are stranded and have to wait. The testosterone is showing up in the play fighting sub-adult males, bullying the smaller female juveniles. By the time the males reach 5000 pounds they will engage in epic, bloody battles on the beach for control of a harem that they will bully relentlessly. It is quite something to see. In the southern hemisphere, the bulls weight 8000 pounds, making the northern bulls look almost wimpy! 😉

  3. I always found them funny animals, shuffling along the sand. They do have lovely eyes. Glad the females and pups take it easy…. the way to be! 🙂

  4. The pups are adorable. I was challenged by a beach master on a beach in the Gallapagos, even though I wasn’t close. So I went to the other end of the beach to snorkel and swim and was joined by two playful pups!

    • Wow! That definitely got your attention! I have seen the Southern Ellies. They are even more massive than the 5,500 pound northern bulls. They can weigh about 8000 pounds! Note comment above დ

    • Oh yes, keeping safe distance is key. They guys are shrimps compared to the bulls who weigh up to 5,500 pounds and come here to battle in the winter. They can move incredibly fast on land too. Once I came across a lone one unexpectedly on a separate beach by itself. It was on the other side of some rocks. Definitely raised my heart rate. In the water they are equally daunting. They lift up these massive heads with eyes as big as salad plates and look at you. Their eyes dilate to a massive degree because they dive so deep and so long to look for stuff to eat დ

  5. How fascinating! I can’t really call them ‘pretty,’ but I do like their whiskers! And what a pretty place they live in — thank you for bringing them to me, Cindy.

  6. Hi Cindy, I’d like to update your interview I did on For the Love of Art ages ago. What is you Flicker address? I may want to change out the photos and add some questions. I thought the timing was perfect since most people can’t travel. What do you think? 🙂 M

  7. Great story-telling, Cindy. I got to view these fabulous beasts at Ano Nuevo many years ago. I’ll never forget it. You have the best time out in the world with your camera. xo

  8. Hi Cindy,
    I can’t get my hands on your email, I have a new computer. Could you send it to me thru my Contact Page on my site. I’m working on some questions. thanks. Have a great weekend.

  9. There are so many strange & beautiful creatures. I have not seen these blubbery beauties for a long time. Thank you for the reminder of their existence.

    • Smiling….It has to be you Dawn, who can not only see the beauty in blubber, but can also write such a creative alliteration making ‘blubbery beauty’ a term that I plan to start using from now on, with your permission, of course, but others are sure to copy it too. You could attempt to apply for a patent, or better yet, you could just be proud of yourself. I hope you know how proud I am of you დ

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