Here's how the Oceano Dunes were "shaped and sculpted into what we see today." Ronnie Glick, a senior environmental scientist, explains this natural 'geologic wonder' in southern San Luis Obispo County.
How the Oceano Dunes became a 'geologic wonder'
How to tell an invasive swamp rodent from other California critters
Salud Carbajal joins SLO County leaders in rally against offshore drilling
Watch: Barn owl injured in Thomas Fire flies back into the wild
Mountain lion spotted running through Fort Hunter Liggett
Dust control plan for Oceano Dunes brings debate to California Coastal Commission
With more than 20,000 seals, Piedras Blancas is largest elephant seal rookery on Earth
There are so many elephant seals that you can barely see the beach at Piedras Blancas
Watch elephant seals battle it out at crowded Piedras Blancas rookery
Oceano Dunes — the largest and busiest campground in California
State Parks fights dust problems at Oceano Dunes using native plants
California sea lion population is booming in Morro Bay — 'They are fat and happy'
Piedras Blancas in San Simeon, California, is filled with elephant seals — so many you can barely see the sand in some places. Birthing and mating season lasts from December to January. This is when the pups are born and the adult males come to fight for dominance and breed with female elephant seals.
January is the middle of the birthing and mating season — the male elephant seals are usually at the Piedras Blancas rookery from December to March. Males fight for dominance and the right to breed with the female elephant seals, according to Friends of the Elephant Seal. During the peak of mating season, about 90 percent of adult males will have fresh wounds from fights like these.
California State Parks is working on a new long-term plan for programs, facilities, campgrounds and off-highway vehicle activities at the Oceano Dunes, the largest and busiest campground in the state, and the only state park that allows off-road vehicles on the beach. Dena Bellman, associate park and recreation specialist, talks about some of the possible changes to the popular park.
California sea lions have made a dramatic recovery across the West Coast under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The number of sea lions has tripled from fewer than 89,000 in 1975 to 257,000 in 2014, according to a recent study. In Morro Bay, “They are fat and happy right now,” said Matthew Ashton, chief Harbor Patrol officer for the Port San Luis Harbor District.