Community View: Seals ‘attended’ the celebration at Children’s Pool
By David T. Johnson
San Diego resident
Friends, If you did not show up for the May 31 celebration of the Children’s Pool 80th anniversary, you missed a real special experience.
That gathering was unique because of the seals that attended. Never have we had so many seals, so close. The seals came up to within inches of our party site but not in the normal triangular formation of the past where one or a few seals were closest.
Rather the formation was spread out all along our group, and most seals were completely relaxed within inches to maybe 10 feet of the human celebrants. Those of us who stayed long enough could watch the young seals return from their midnight raiding of the ocean’s refrigerator, so to speak. The young ones scooted around the beach like a bunch of little kids. They bothered some of the adult seals; they teased each other and played around the sand like kids would on a grass lawn.
We have been labeled with the term, “seal haters.” We are seal haters like people who disapprove of their neighbor having a double-digit number of cats living in their house and yard are called “cat haters.” Yes, by that definition, I guess that puts me into the class of cat hater. Don’t let my cat know that I am a cat hater, it might leave me.
P.S. I almost forgot to mention the food, the gorgeous weather, the safe, portable fire pits, and especially the great candle lighting that decorated the sea wall Miss Scripps donated to the city to protect children. It was a great sight that only got better as the night darkened and the stars came out, shared by so many beachgoers who enjoy and support joint use at the Children’s Pool.
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- Opinion: La Jollans should celebrate the seals
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- OPINION: Seals at Cove are unwelcome
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