Historic Lifeboat Station Webcam

If you have trouble viewing the video below, follow this link to view the livestream on YouTube.
A small gray seal in front of a kennel and two wooden boards that say "Rescue"

Joanne Lasnier © The Marine Mammal Center


Historic Lifeboat Station near Chimney Rock

When to Watch

Anytime! Text RELEASE to 65179 to get livestream alerts from The Marine Mammal Center when they’re releasing patients at this location! (Message and data rates may apply, see Terms & Conditions. Text STOP to stop.)

Northern elephant seals can also be seen hauling out on this beach between December and May for the breeding, pupping and molt seasons.

Five people stand with boards and two kennels; three seals are heading back out to sea.

Brian Simuro © The Marine Mammal Center


What to Look For

This webcam is operated by the The Marine Mammal Center, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals who are injured, ill, or abandoned. The beach next to the Historic Lifeboat Station is one of the locations where they release wild animals that have been nursed back to health in their hospital. You might see the release of California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, northern elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals, or northern fur seals anytime between March and December. Animals may also be released between January and March if there are no female elephant seals with pups onsite.

In addition to patient releases, wild northern elephant seals are often visible on this webcam! Between December and March, look for females giving birth and caring for their pups, or adult males battling for dominant status. Between February and April, look for elephant seal pups that have been weaned from their moms and are now figuring out life on their own. From March through May, you might see adult female or juvenile elephant seals molting their fur and skin.

Several elephant seals of varying sizes lay amongst the sand and rock of a beachy cove on a gray day.

NPS Photo/S. Allen

Last updated: April 28, 2023

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


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