One hour north of San Francisco
I am a Winter Wildlife docent and so spent a lot of time watching the elephant seal behavior from December until April.
In Point Reyes National Seashore, about one hour north of San Francisco, elephant seals return each year for their birthing and mating ritual. The males fight for alpha status so they can mate with their female harems. The females birth their pups and then wean them for 30 days. Afterwards, the males mate with the females, who then head off into the ocean to eat.
As a Winter Wildlife docent, I witness this cycle every year. In this particular instance, I captured the females squabbling. One female has just had her new pup and is probably creating boundaries for the one next to her. We are not able to interview the elephant seals, so we are never quite sure on why they behave the way they do.