An elephant seal lazying around along the Highway 1 in Piedras Blancas. The elephant seal is the largest of its kind and the adult bulls be as long as ten feet in length. These seals were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century. Surprisingly though, these mammals started colonizing the unspoiled beaches and coves just south of Piedras Blancas on the California coast. You can just pull out on the side of the road and watch these creatures in a state of bliss. It is probably one of the very few places in the US where you don’t have to pay to devour a natural sight.