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Seal Eviction At Children’s Pool In La Jolla

— San Diego's city attorney has recommended the mayor seek the state's permission to erect a permanent barrier between seals and the public at Children's Pool in La Jolla.

Seals sun bathe at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla.
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Above: Seals sun bathe at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla.

Mayor Jerry Sanders had asked the city attorney if he could legally declare a coastal emergency and put up a rope after the City Council voted for the plan last month.

City attorney Jan Goldsmith's response on Wednesday lists the pros and cons of declaring an emergency but he left the final decision to Sanders.

Goldsmith recommends asking the Coastal Commission for a permanent barrier, a process that could take months. The rope now goes up only during pupping season.

Visitors say some people have been taunting the seals since it was taken down May 15.

A message left with Sanders was not immediately returned Thursday.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 3, 2010 at 1:33 p.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

Kim Jong Il,

Your last sentence is the answer to your question.

Children have the opportunity to use thousands of miles of beach while the seals don't. Do you think people would tolerate a colony of seals taking over Pacific Beach or La Jolla Shores? Nope.

This one measly, tiny, little spit of beach is a perfect refuge for seals and for people to watch them from a respectful distance. On the other hand, that beach is terrible for children. It has strong rip currents, large rocks, virtually no parking, and is difficult to access.

The answer is crystal clear. Let the seals stay and put up a permanent barrier to protect them.

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bereKPBS | June 3, 2010 at 2:29 p.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago


the seals have more right than humans to be at that beach, at ANY beach for that matter, we are supposedly rational enough and have ways to take children to pools or other areas where they can play, the seals ONLY have this spot from all the La Jolla coast.

haven't we taken enough from the animal kingdom? we pollute their ocean, we hunt them and kill them, we eat them!! and now you don't even want to give them a small pool to live in peace?

I think it's very selfish to claim this beach for humans, man made or not, we owe it to the seals to give them some peace...

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher

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CaliforniaDefender | June 3, 2010 at 3:10 p.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

Kim Jong,

That is a fantastic idea! Let's destroy the wall and ALL human development along the coast and inland for that matter. Then we will finally be in harmony with nature.

Well, we know that isn't going to happen. But what we can do is conserve and protect wildlife to the best of our ability. Providing shelter to seals is one small way.

Also, have you ever been to that beach? You can simply watch the water to see the strong currents. Even the City of San Diego warns about them:

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