Opinion: I don’t want a seal rookery
By Roger Raffee
La Jolla resident
Florence Lambert, in her viewpoint you printed, insults people who don’t want a seal rookery in La Jolla by calling us “selfish.” I don’t want a seal rookery in La Jolla because I believe, like it increases tourists who want to come and see them, it will increase the likelihood of Great White shark visitors who will want to come and eat them. If I’m being selfish because I don’t want to see an increase in attacks on people who use the ocean in this area to become similar to the frequency we see in Northern California, where rookeries are common, then yes, I am being selfish.
I also believe that any person that uses the ocean with any regularity and doesn’t believe that increasing the seal population won’t also increase the Great White population lacks common sense or just doesn’t care. The seal rookery in La Jolla, in my opinion, is a legacy of ignorance and political correctness gone stupid.
I wouldn’t be surprised if other like-minded people in other parts of southern California start more seal rookeries. We can’t be the only place with the ignorant and politically correct stupidity. There’s a reason why Southern California has historically been such a safe place to swim and surf, despite the much larger numbers of people in the water than other parts of the world, including our neighbors to the north. For writing that piece Ms. Lambert should have to swim with the seals on a regular basis. One lady tried that at Avila Beach not long ago, but she didn’t make it back to shore.
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