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Elephant seals return to Drakes Beach.
January 6, 2021
Male northern elephant seals like the one above swim from the Aleutian Islands to haul ashore at places like Drakes Beach, a preferred beach in recent years as storms have made more exposed spots less attractive. The bulls will vie for mates: females arriving from waters around Hawaii that will birth pups and fast until their departure. Beachgoers should keep a distance from the animals.
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