Haul-outs and Rookeries
California's coastline is over 800 miles long. Its entire length is within the ecological niche of the harbor seal. As a result of California's laws and regulations regarding public ownership of the "intertidal" zone, the very places that harbor seals would wish to use belong to the people of the state. And, with a commitment to public access to shoreline resources even through adjacent private developments, where seals want to be is also where people can go.
Where human disturbance is reduced by natural inaccessabilty or conservation regulations in parks and reserves, harbor seals have a chance to survive. The images on this page are all SealWatch.org photos, and are displayed in geographical order from South to North.