It's elephant seal time in Ano Neuvo. The breeding season starts in late November when the massive bulls arrive and fight to determine dominance. Females start arriving in the middle of December. The first birth is around Christmas, but most births usually occur during the last two weeks of January. The seals are fasting while they are on land, and both males and females lose about 1/3 of their body weight during the breeding season (amazingly, the males are on the beach for up to three months).