Elephant Seals reclaim land from humans at California beach during US government shutdown

Mother Nature is a mighty force and so too are her children so during the US Government shutdown, an elephant seal colony in the Bay Area, California reclaimed their land from humans.

Elephant seals and pups took over at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, knocking down a fence and moving into the parking lot, where they remained lounging in the sand after the park reopened on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The area is home to a colony of about 1,500 elephant seals who tend to frequent Chimney Beach – a stretch of waterfront featuring 100-foot-tall cliffs that kept them protected and mostly hidden from the public.

During the time of the US government shutdown, when tourism decreased and wildlife management staff were granted leave of absence, high tides and storms battered the seals’ normal habitat, according to seashore staff.

Seals give birth during winter, and the unoccupied Drakes Beach appears became the perfect place to raise pups.

The park has decided to embrace the seal’s new home and keep the road to Drakes Beach temporarily closed.

Federal staff at the seashore are exploring the possibility of offering guided tours of the Drakes Beach elephant colony, similar to what’s offered at Año Nuevo State Park, without disturbing the animals, according to San Francisco Chronicle.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. I write about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and I offer content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com


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