Animals

Harbor Seal

Animals

Great Blue Heron

The animal life found at Point Reyes National Seashore is as varied as the landscape itself, and ranges from large marine mammals such as the Blue whale to the relatively small, endangered Myrtle's Silverspot butterfly.

Tule Elk

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of 22 sites in California that manage Tule elk populations and the only National Park unit where this species of elk can be found.

Coyote

Over the last few decades, the coyote has become a common sight at Point Reyes National Seashore. However, during much of the 1900s, coyotes were relatively rare in the area.

Galen Leeds

The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America and one of two cats found within the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Black Tailed Deer

This species can be found in nearly all the habitats in the park, with a home range of 50 - over 500 acres, depending on their access to quality forage, water and cover.

White-crowned sparrow

Point Reyes National Seashore easily claims the prize for the greatest avian diversity in any...

Pacific Gray Whale

The Pacific gray whale has the longest known migration (9,000 miles), spending about one third of its life migrating from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Alaska, to the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja California. Along the way, these incredible animals can often be seen from the shores of Point Reyes.

Stellar Sea Lion

The Northern or Steller sea lion is an extremely rare sight in the park, but they have been recorded hauling out on rocky outcroppings near the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Sea Lion Overlook and Chimney Rock.

Northern Elephant Seal

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the few places on the Pacific coast where northern elephant seals may be observed and studied. Their semi-annual sojourns to the shores of Point Reyes provide a unique opportunity to glimpse the lives and behaviors of these elusive ocean giants.

Harbor Seal Female with Pup

With an estimated 7,000 individuals, Point Reyes National Seashore boasts the the largest population of harbor seals in California. Commonly referred to as "sea calves" or "sea dogs," harbor seals are considered true seals, having no ear tufts or elongated fore flippers like sea lions.

California Sea Lion

California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are known for their intelligence, playfulness, and noisy barking.

The National Park Service staff have recorded over 130 different species of fish in the park from the small mosquito fish to Great white sharks.

The amazing world of the Northern elephant seals and Pacific gray whales are just a short bus ride away for visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore.

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