Your View: Situation at Children’s Pool makes no sense
Two weekends ago, it was sad to see the doe-eyed seals in the La Jolla Children’s pool waters, looking at the beach lined with people, but not coming up onto the beach, due to their fear. If the beach is to be truly shared, which it should be if people can be peaceful with the animals, the geniuses who implemented the barrier would have placed it perpendicular to the shore such that a section of unpopulated beach with water access is available to these animals to nurse their pups, while the other allows people to enter waters without disturbing the seals.
The blatant stupidity and escalation of this situation is heartbreaking, and placement of the barrier makes no logical sense. The seals are innocent creatures, a valuable educational asset, a tourist attraction, and need to be respected. People also have rights to enter the waters if they choose, but to line the shore, such that the seals are afraid to come up on the beach, is cruel.
There is a happy medium to the situation, which is sharing, which is possible with a sectioning of the beach that actually makes sense. When I first moved here over 15 years ago, the seals were present, appreciated and the use of the beach by people unrestricted. It is a shame to see animals that just want to do what they have done for years, tormented and driven off the beach, for no real reason other than satisfying the needs of fanatics.
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