On a recent trip up the California coast from Los Angeles to Monterey, I stopped at Elephant Beach, just north of San Simeon and Hearst Castle. It was amazing to watch these huge creatures in the water and on the beach. You are on a walkway separated from them by only a hedge. The young bulls were sparring in the water and the females and the beach master were lounging on the sand. And out in the ocean is a bird island shaped like a shoe.