Student View: Save Our Seals

By Marlen Miranda

All Hallows Academy, Grade 7

The Children’s Pool, also known as Casa Beach, is a small beach in La Jolla, California. It is famous for the controversy of harbor seals and humans who both want it for themselves. This site is full of tourists. The attraction brings a lot of money to the city of La Jolla. Locals watch wild life in this great spot.

This beautiful cove is the home of several hundred harbor seals. I love to watch them. Harbor seals are mammals that need to rest on land. These harbor seals have found a home and it’s critical to their survival that we protect them and leave them there. I think that seals should have that beach. We have a lot of beaches in La Jolla for people to enjoy. I wouldn’t like to see the lives of the beautiful seals compromised or moved to another location. Why take this from them? Let’s save the seals.

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6 Comments for “Student View: Save Our Seals”

  1. fishinwithagun

    Hi Marlen,

    Did you know the seals have already been saved? The Marine Mammal Protection act of 1972 protects the seals from being killed or harassed. Their population in California is at least 50,000 animals, and they are not an endangered or threatened species. In fact, there is another colony of seals 10 miles south of the Children's Pool at Point Loma.

    You are a 7th grader. That is great that someone inspired you to write an editorial for the La Jolla Light. But I can't help but question if your parent or guardian simply manipulated you for the purpose of furthering their cause. I would suggest Marlen, that you do a little research of your own using Google to find out about Harbor Seals. They have already been saved and their species is just as numerous as crows, squirrels, and coyotes.

    I enjoy harbor seals. They are cute and playful. But we shouldn't let our emotions get in the way of public policy. The Children's Pool was built and used for decades for one exclusive purpose: a swimming and diving pool for humans. During this time the seals managed to do alright using other beaches. The right thing to do is keep the beach open to humans, while allowing the seals to use our beach as they please. This is called "shared use" and is the current policy of the Children's Pool.

    • James

      You're arguing with a seventh grader?

      • Davy Jones

        That's Called educating Jame's

      • fishinwithagun

        What are you implying James? That her point of view is not valid because she is a 7th grader, and thus we should not have a debate over it? I think anyone regardless of their age has a right to express themselves and if we are to respect that we are also to engage them whether they are 30 or 13.

    • npk32

      "You are a 7th grader. That is great that someone inspired you to write an editorial for the La Jolla Light. But I can't help but question if your parent or guardian simply manipulated you for the purpose of furthering their cause."

      Nice. Insulting a 7th grader's intelligence and accusing the parents of manipulating and exploiting their child for personal gain is a new low I didn't think I'd see shared use advocates slip to. If you want to cry about being yelled at through a bullhorn go ahead but trivializing the opinions of children is just pathetic.

      Marlen, I hope the ignorance of this sad individual doesn't dissuade you from voicing your opinion in such a public forum in the future.

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