Researchers tracking elephant seals off the Northern California coast say they have discovered the animals travel much farther than once thought.
Gray whales migrating south for winter are now passing the San Francisco Bay Area, and rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore observed 41 whales last Sunday, and another 25 Friday.
Swine flu has been detected in elephant seals off the Central California coast.
During pupping season the Marin County-based Marine Mammal Center is helping abandoned and sick elephant and harbor seal pups with a “Leave Seals Be” campaign, according to center officials.
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is reporting a higher-than-usual number of emaciated elephant seal pups.