Two bull elephant seals battle for mating rights at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. At 5,000 - 6,000 pounds, they are the largest pinniped in the world.
This is the peak of the breeding season and I was fortunate to get a spot on the docent-led tour...the only way to see these magnificent mammals up close.
When the staff noticed I was here for photography, they allowed me to remain a little longer and return with another tour. Lucky me!