The offshore rocks surrounding Point Piedras Blancas are a hazard to ships but they provide refuge to a variety of marine animals. California sea lions and harbor seals haul out on the rocks to rest. Elephant seals unitize the adjoining beaches. Gray whales, humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphins can often be seen passing by. Sea otters forage along the coast and wrap themselves in kelp to rest. Many marine bird species roost on the large offshore rocks. The sight of pelicans passing by delights the visitor and the sounds of sea lions barking and elephant seals trumpeting fill the air.
For more information on elephant seals, check out the website of the Central Coast Friends of the Elephant Seal: http://www.elephantseal.org
The grounds of the light station have been restored to an historical landscape much like one that would have been seen prior to European settlement. Where there was a vast expanse of invasive iceplant, is now a gorgeous display of native plants. Native plant list. With the reintroduction of native plants there has been an increase in wildlife, species of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. Land animal list.