POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) — An unexpected influx of elephant seals has restricted access to a beach at Point Reyes National Seashore.
The National Park Service closed entry to the Drakes Beach area this week after storms and high tides brought 200 elephant seals ashore, making it unsafe to walk from the parking lot to the beach.READ MORE: SJ Dad Claims Santa Cruz Boardwalk Guard Kicked Him Out, Calling Pinoy Pride Tattoo 'Gang-Related'
The only exception to the closure is between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and federal holidays when park staffers are present.READ MORE: Weather Service Warns Heat Wave Could Cook Bay Area Over Weekend
Massive elephant seals spend most of their time at sea.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Serial Shoplifting Suspect Charged With 15 Counts, Faces Arraignment Wednesday
Males range from 14 to 16 feet (4.3 to 4.9 meters) long and weigh up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms). Females average 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.6 meters) in length and weigh up to 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms).