San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway
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  • The San Luis Obispo North Coast Scenic Byway\'s closeness to a ocean and several bays provide vital habitat for the California\'s unique sea life and birds.

  • Breeding colonies exclusively for the elephant seals have been established near Piedras Blancas Point.

  • The rocky, craggy rock and warm ocean is home to many species, which you will be able to see from there byway.Morro Estuary serves a critical ecological function of the Pacific Coast.

  • The estuary supports global interests by supporting many species of migratory birds protected by international treaties.

  • The bays and ocean along their way often afford views of otters, seals, sea lions, and whales.
  • You may want to simply view they port and enjoy its time-tested beauty, should you wish to become more familiar with Morro Bay, you can always charter a boat.

  • Like many sea mammals, they were hunted in to near extinction in the 19th Century.

  • Until recently, the massive seals lived in to the isolated areas far away from humans.

  • Then, in 1990, they started colonizing the pure beaches and coves just south of Point Piedras Blancas.

  • Their chosen site is just off of Highway 1, north of Hearst Castle at San Simeon.

  • Take the chance to sight these seals from an overlook on the west of Route 1.