Here's one of the males we saw. You can especially see his chest shield and large proboscis.
These two males were the most watched seals on the beach. I believe these are a pair of "sub-adult males" who are practicing sparring which is a skill they will need when they are old enough to mate. You can tell they are young, I think, because they don't have the chest shield and they don't have the enlarged proboscis which comes with puberty at around 4 years of age.
I had to share this photo of a shedding elephant seal. (gross!?) I think this was the only seal we saw shedding, and we thought she really stood out!
We were also suprised to see a lot of rabbits hopping around near the beach! I hope you enjoyed this "lesson" on elephant seals! This is another reason I blog... I learned more about elephant seals while writing this post then I did while visiting them! Enjoy!