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Crowds gathered around a cacophonous colony of elephant seals on Saturday morning at Drakes Beach. But chuckling visitors had to be quickly shooed back as a male and female burst from the rest of the group and galloped into the parking lot to enjoy some not-so-alone time.   David Briggs

Hoping to lounge on Drakes Beach during a break in the weather? Think again. A group of elephant seals and their young invaded the most accessible part of the beach during the government shutdown last month, drawing international media attention. The nearly 100 cows, bulls and pups prompted park officials to close the road and the parking lot in . . .

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