by cheri block
In 1992, out of the blue, several elephant seals arrived at Piedras Blancas on the rugged central California coast. Why they chose this spot while on their migratory path down to Santa Barbara is still a mystery. Now, only 17 years later, should you drive three miles north of William Randolph Hearst’s garish castle, you will see a beach with thousands of shiny beasts, tonnage of grand proportion.
The mature males come in November to stake out their territory.
The pregnant females arrive in December to have their babies, conceived in last year’s prehistoric frolic in slow motion.
I visited the rookery today.
Forget it, lummox. Can’t you see I am in labor??
I missed the delivery by 15 minutes. Not the gulls!
Soon, new mother and child will join the others in their harem.
The teenagers have other things in mind.
Oh come on. A little chiastic perfection, baby!
In his world, today at the rookery, all is perfect.
Until someone tries to take his babe away.