308. Point Lobos: Harbor Seal Pupping

Harbor Seal Pupping

Harbor seals at Point Lobos give birth and nurse their pups on several of our beaches in the Spring from late March to mid-May.  Best places to see moms and pups are from overlooks at Whalers Cove and China Cove, especially at low tide.  

You may see actual births and the delightful antics of the moms and their pups in these nurseries. Occasionally, you may hear a pup calling for its mother while she is out feeding.  

Harbor seals are vulnerable during pupping season and easily disturbed by abrupt noises and movements.  Please be very quiet and still while you observe the natural behaviors of these beautiful creatures.  All marine mammals in the Reserve are protected by Federal law year-round.