Please keep the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla

I was recently vacationing in La Jolla with my family, and had the great fortune to watch the seals and their pups at Casa Beach, also known as, “Children’s Pool.” My children, ages 7 and 9, were delighted to watch mother and baby seals interact with each other. We were even able to see the umbilical cord, still hanging from the belly of an hour-old seal.  And while my children know that seals are mammals like us, seeing the umbilical cord and watching a pup nurse was eye-opening for them.
In my 40 years of life, I have never had the opportunity to watch newborn seals. I am thrilled that my children were able to observe them, and it was definitely a highlight of our trip. We all agreed that watching the seals was in some ways more special than our trip to SeaWorld, because they were seals doing what seals naturally do, as opposed to seals (or sea lions) doing what humans have trained them to do, by bribing them with fish.
I was surprised to learn that there is controversy surrounding the seals and their “takeover” of the beach. Personally, I don’t find that beach appealing, because it is closed-in, rocky, and the view is obstructed by that long concrete wall.  I found La Jolla Shores to have equally calm, gentle water for my children, plus a beautiful, expansive view.
My children were quite upset and confused to hear that the seals might be kept away from this beach, so that children like themselves could use the beach instead. Their reaction: “But that’s their home! We can go to all the other beaches! The seals need this beach for their babies!”  I couldn’t agree more.
You may or may not know that the “Children’s Pool” and its resident seals are mentioned in many San Diego travel guidebooks, and we knew we would be visiting the seals long before we arrived in La Jolla. The seals bring travelers and their money to your beautiful town. Casa Beach offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness seals, during pupping season, in the wild.  I hope you realize what a treasure you have and that you will continue to protect Casa Beach and the seals.
Josette Silvers
Montpelier, Vermont

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  3. Community View: Seals ‘attended’ the celebration at Children’s Pool
  4. Our View: ‘Party’ at Children’s Pool a wrong step beyond the boundary
  5. OPINION: Children’s Pool barrier should be rejected

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2 Comments for “Please keep the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla”

  1. Dave Jones

    Well James, I challenged you or the light to seek the truth on your own , not to take my word for it., it's not that I am "heated" about it, it's that no one including the Light will seek the truth! only to dance around the truth. I and others have shared this info to the news, but they are unwilling to expose it as it will show the "magic bullet" and kill the controversy to "were did all of the seals come from" That doesn't sell news papers, but the controversy does. this is the only way I have. and because the light does not allow direct web site link I will try to post it this way that you would have to put together.

    http://www. friends of the childrens pool. com / seal_rehab.htm

    or just google friends of the children's pool and looh=k a seal rehab
    but I think you already have and that you are just trying to get a rise out of me…

  2. James

    I'm not trying to get a rise out of you. I read comments and opinions on here about the seals all the time making claims with no data or warrant and it makes the claims meaningless. I don't know if you've noticed but all most all my comments are to this regard. I just think with all the info you seem to have you could write an articulate opinion piece using quotes and citations that would push your point across much better than saying "it's out there just go look for it" and if that pushes your buttons then I'm sorry.

    I read comments and opinions on here about the seals all the time making claims with no data or warrant and it makes the claims meaningless. I don't know if you've noticed but all most all my comments are to this regard.

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