Cambrian: Opinion

May 23, 2014 10:09 AM

How elephant seals at Piedras Blancas handled the heat wave

During last week’s heat wave the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas lined up tightly together at the water’s edge to take advantage of the wet sand that was cooler than the dry sand. More than usual were swimming to cool off, and the rest were flipping sand onto their backs as a sunscreen. They spend most of their time foraging in the cold waters off Canada and Alaska, so this heat was unwelcome. But they seem to have no choice.

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