The Beacon

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

That's what one elephant seal must have been thinking when it opted to cross California's Pacific Coast Highway after deserting the beach.

Authorities said they wouldn't attempt to move the (generally) ocean-going mammal and are instead keeping a sharp eye out and hoping it'll make its way back to its natural habitat.

For now the seal is reportedly resting comfortably as a pig in mud, in a puddle of mud, on a grass patch.

Elephant seals can reach lengths of up to 18 feet and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. They spend 80 percent of their lives in the water and can hold their breath more than 80 minutes at a time, longer than any other non-cetacean mammal.


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