Here's one of my favourite pictures from our holiday. As I've mentioned before I did marine biology at uni and although I don't do it for a living, I still love anything to do with marine mammals and the sea, so when I heard there were elephant seals on the drive down to LA, I had a proper geek moment and made sure that we found them.
They were on the beach below as we stood looking over the railings at them from the car park. It is a public beach, so anyone could have wandered down there but given the size of these seals, I can imagine everyone was probably a bit too afraid. They really are giant, especially the males and have a funny nose, like a little elephants trunk (like the way the elephants truck was in the Just So Stories before the crocodile grabbed it), giving them their name. There was about 30 of them just lying around, relaxing in the sun as they were in the middle of a moult and it was wonderful to see so many of them in their natural habitat, completely unphased by their audience. They were also all periodically flicking sand on themselves to cool down and keep flies away.
Robin eventually had to drag me away to continue our trip down the coast. I would have stood and watched them all day, filling up our camera memory card in the process. I loved it - such a geek!