From the San Francisco Chronicle in the USA:
Elephant seals whelping in park
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Hundreds of elephant seals have arrived at Point Reyes National Seashore, where officials have spotted at least 21 pups and closed three stretches of coastline through April.
Biologists have counted 316 northern elephant seals in recent weeks and expect the number to climb as the breeding and birthing season continues.
The first pup of the season was spotted Dec. 19. Last year, 1,238 elephant seals wintered at Point Reyes.
The National Park Service has barred people and dogs from the area around South Beach, Drakes Beach and the lifeboat station until the end of April.
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who pioneered the use of satellite tags to monitor the migrations of [northern] elephant seals have compiled one of the largest datasets available for any marine mammal species, revealing their movements and diving behavior at sea in unprecedented detail: here.
Leucistic Elephant seal: here.
Kerguelen: Elephant seals’ foraging tricks: here.
Elephant seals produce high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood naturally: here.