OPINION: Seals at Cove are unwelcome

Has anyone else noticed or commented on the seals on the rocks at the entrance to La Jolla Cove looking longingly at the beach? I walk down there every morning around 6:30 and have seen them on the rocks getting closer and closer to the beach over the last two months. Two people who swim at the Cove have reported (recently) that a seal harassed them close to the quarter-mile marker, butting them, and the male swimmer had to growl at the seal to get it to go away. This is the most recent of several uncomfortable encounters between seals and swimmers in recent months that I am aware of, and I don’t even swim there. Are we going to have a repeat of the Children’s Pool at the Cove – please no. What can we humanely do to prevent them becoming unwelcome lodgers at the Cove beach?

Anne Rowland
La Jolla

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Posted by Halie Johnson on Sep 14, 2010. Filed under News, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “OPINION: Seals at Cove are unwelcome”

  1. Brian

    We can just get close to them when they are on the rocks and they will swim away. Seals are very shy of people when they are out of the water. This may, however, be a violation of the Marine Mammals Protection act.

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