Ano Nuevo Reserve south of San Francisco, California is home to Elephant Seal breeding grounds. You can take a tour to see them in season.
Just offshore, Ano Nuevo Island is where a dramatic spectacle takes place. This is one of the few places that Great White Sharks have been observed going air born chasing their prey...seals and sea lions.
The tranquility of the beach is shattered when these animals try to run the gauntlet at sea. Great Whites up to 20 feet long, weighing nearly two tons tear through the water in search of a meal. It's explosive. The area is highly protected and regulated as you might imagine.
It brought back memories for me of a time in 1975 when I sat in a dark movie theater and saw the girl swimming and heard the theme music: Ba...dum, Ba...dum, bum, bum ,bum, bum, bum, bum...we need a bigger boat.