Seeking Saltwater – the Elephant Seal

Whether you’re a binocular carrying nature buff, or you spot nature’s treats in mindful moments outback, surf trips are always a great way to experience local wildlife. This was certainly the case for the team here at Surfability during their trip to the ISA Adaptive World Championships in December.

Their first sighting came in the shape of an enormous elephant seal. As the second largest seal in the world, this beloved Californian visitor is hard to miss. Riding in on the swells of winter storms, the male elephant seal can weigh up to a whopping 2,300 kg. You probably won’t need your specs to spot this guy in the line up!

Named for their long, trunk-like nose, the elephant seal is also famed for its large and beautiful eyes. Don’t be fooled by the lure of their lovely looks though! The elephant seal only comes ashore twice a year to breed and birth their young, a process often marked by aggression and vicious, male to male fights.

As with any other wild animal, it’s best to avoid getting too close to an elephant seal. Whether aggressive or not, there are a multitude of ways these giants could accidentally hurt you!

Have you spotted a seal while enjoying a winter surf? We’d love to hear about it! Or are you still waiting to make your first splash? Why not get in touch and book your first surf? The team at Surfability are here to make sure there’s a wave for everyone!

Images courtesy of iStock.

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