Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mirounga Angustirostris


That is the scientific name for the common Elephant Seal. As I mentioned yesterday, we are in Aptos visiting my Dad. One of the items on the agenda is to visit Ano Nuevo Island and Ano Nuevo point. This is one of the larger breading grounds for the elephant seals.

We have tickets (which can be hard to come by) for a guided tour out to the point and back. I am pretty excited to take the boys out there. The male seals can be as big as 16ft long and over 4000lbs. That is like a small car!

We spent part of the morning yesterday reading all about the seals in some great books. They are a very interesting mammal. They were almost completely extinct. There were less than 100 on 1 island in Baja California; today there are over 50,000 up and down the California coast.

Nonetheless, this is a wonderful opportunity for us all to experience a piece of God's wonder in action. I am really looking forward to it!

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