boys being boysYoung male elephant seals are back and have taken over the colony beach.
It's the season when the sub adults and young males come in from feeding and practice sparring. Soon the females will be back and many of them will be pregnant. Birthing season follows in early winter. The peak of mating season is valentines day
Now the young males practice the battles they'll do with the bulls, the 5000 pound Kings of the beach. When they arrive the big old boys divide the beach among their harems.
Never too young or small to start learning the skills that are required to carve out a harem.
"I'm tougher than you" they seem to taunt each other.
In the surf as well as on the beach they size up the competition.
Most could save their energy. It is rare for a young male, like those currently in residence, to successfully challenge the old boys.
Their glottal deep well barks echo along the beach South of the Piedra Blancas Light Station on the Pacific Coast highway. Compared to the basso profoundo rumble of the adult males, these fellows sound like tenors.