Friday, December 15, 2006
A rope barrier used to keep people away from seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla is expected to be put up today.
The San Diego City Council decided to erect the barrier today instead of January 1st to protect female harbor seals. The female seals beach themselves to give birth to their pups for the winter. The barrier will remain until May 1st. Whether the pool should be exclusively used by humans or seals has been the crux of a 10-year legal battle. The Children's Pool is a crescent-shaped concrete breakwater.
It was built 1931 through a trust by Ellen Browning Scripps. Seals began gathering there during the early 1990s.