Elephant seals & inner beauty | Santa Cruz GT Weekly


Northern elephant seals may have faces only a mother could love, but they’re two tons of physiological triumph. They spend up to 90 percent of their life in the open ocean, migrate 10,000 miles each year and collapse and re-inflate their lungs several times daily during 1,500-feet feeding dives. For this cover story I wrote in 2007, I hiked out to see the enormous pinnipeds with filmmaker Drew Wharton, whose documentary “A Seal’s Life” explores the species’ science and history.