Thursday, May 16, 2013

3 Hour Video of Ocean Waves Crashing Into Scenic Rocky Shore

Filmed at Sea Lion Point at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California. Occasionally you will hear the sounds of about 100 California Sea Lions which were just offshore on the dark island about 550 feet from shore. Filmed on March 10, 2013 from 8:50am to noon. High tide was at 10:11 am at 01:20 into the video. I also saw sea otters about half way through the video.

"The greatest meeting of land and water in the world." That was famed landscape artist Francis McComas's bold but justified claim for Point Lobos. All who come here agree that the beauty of this tree-clad headland is unequaled. The Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the California State Park System."

California sea lions communicate with a range of vocalizations. The most commonly used one is their characteristic bark. Territorial males are the loudest and most continuous callers, and barks are produced constantly - day and night - during the peak of the breeding season. Sea lions bark especially rapidly when excited. The barks of territorial and non-territorial males sound similar, although those of the former are deeper. Males may bark when threatening other males or during courtship. The only other vocalization made by territorial males is a "prolonged hoarse grunt sound" made when an individual is startled by a human. This vocalization is also made by groups of non-reproductive males.
Female sea lions are less vocal. Their barks, high-pitched and shorter than those made by males, are used in aggressive situations. Other aggressive vocalizations given by females include the "squeal," the "belch," and the "growl." The sound a female sea lion gives when calling her pups is called a "pup-attraction call," described as "loud" and "brawling." Pups respond with a "mother-response call," which is similar in structure. Pups will also bleat or bark when playing or in distress. This video is also useful for meditation, relaxing, and helping go to sleep for people with insomnia or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

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