5 days ago
“Taking a look at a beach full of.... Elephant seals!
These seals come to shore for three reasons: to mate, molt, and rear pups. This colony was on shore for their spring molting season. .
Slaughtered for their oil-producing blubber, the northern elephant seal was at one time close to extinction. By 1892, many assumed that this poor species had quietly disappeared forever.
However, a small breeding colony managed to endure. It was estimated that, in 1910, some 20 to 100 northern elephant seals were still alive. All of these survivors dwelled on or around Guadalupe Island off Mexico’s Baja California coast. Things finally started to turn around for the species in 1922, when the island became a biological reserve, and the seals received government protection. Since then, the global population has ballooned up to 160,000—all of whom are descended from those Guadalupe Island holdouts.” - @tylerm3 .
Stay tuned for more of @tylerm3’s instagram takeover this week! 🌎🌊 at California