Opinion / Letters to the Editor: Sharks are back in La Jolla because of the pinnipeds


Sharks are back in La Jolla because of the pinnipeds
Hello.  I am the disabled lady who swims with others at the Children’s Pool for our therapy.  We feel safe behind the breakwater.

Check out this site for recent shark sightings all around us. I predicted the pinnipeds would starve and the sharks will make a comeback, and it’s happening! It’s all the more reason to restore the pool and have a safe haven. http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/pacific_coast_shark_news.htm

Also, please check out Sydney’s ocean swimming pools, the pride of Australia. They have dozens of Children’s Pools and take care of them. https://airviewonline.com/gallery/search?search=sydney’s-tidal-swimming-pools&sort=relevance&dir=desc

Here is one final interesting website about shark attack stats: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm

Maybe The Light should publish a good informative article about sharks and pinnipeds as the lure to our beaches.
— Cheri Jacobs Aspenleiter, RAMP (Restore Access to Many People)

• Does the Children’s Pool  still need a lifeguard tower?
A recent headline in the Light read: $3.2 million lifeguard tower overlooking Children’s Pool … Am I missing something? Didn’t we long ago give up the idea of children ever using the Children’s Pool again?  And why do we need to spend $3.2 million to watch over seals? I just do not understand. It would seem to me a central tower over the Cove would make a lot more sense. Swimmers are still using the Cove; so far, the seals have not moved there. We need to guard swimmers, not seals.

• Restaurant’s parking changes questionable
As if parking wasn’t a real hassle in the downtown business area, my question is this: The new Amaya restaurant was approved for 40 feet of three-minute loading after 6 p.m. nightly at 1205 Prospect St. in front of its door, and the original curb was painted this way. How is it that the “white” curb grew by about 35 more feet just before opening night, yet another two or three free public parking spots are gone?
Frank J. Lepiane

• Stop mixing up seals and sea lions
I think it is important to keep our seals straight. Harbor seals and California sea lions are not the same species nor are they even in the same family of carnivores. The former are true seals and have no ear lobes as the sea lions do. Harbor seals cannot stand up on their front flippers nor fold their hind flippers under themselves as it appears the “seal” shown in the April 25 issue of La Jolla Light with Robyn Gubrud’s letter is doing. Further, I don’t think there are any rounded rocks that can be seen in the picture at the Children’s Pool. The picture looks like it was taken near the Cove and the “seal” looks like a sea lion. Harbor seals are at Children’s Pool and sea lions are at the Cove or the rocks surrounding it. It makes a difference.
Art Cooley, La Jolla

• What’s on YOUR mind?
Letters to the Editor for publication in La Jolla Light and LaJollaLight.com should be 250 words or less, and sent by e-mail to sdemaggio@lajollalight.com
Please include the full name of the sender, city of residence and phone number for verification.

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5 Comments for “Opinion / Letters to the Editor: Sharks are back in La Jolla because of the pinnipeds”

  1. James

    You wouldn’t go to Yellow Stone and say there are to many bears, so why would you go in the ocean and say there are to many sharks? If you’re scared don’t go in! But more importantly learn to appreciate nature.

    • Willy

      Childrens pool is a Rookery, evolved, and yes, there does need to be a lifeguard on the point, so they can see the swimmers, scuba divers and surfers to the south of Casa tower. They are not there to protect the seals and never were there for that reason. Peace, Love, and Respect Nature!

  2. Pete

    People should move out of La Jolla and stop surfing in Black beach. Give everything back to the nature. Does that make even more sense?

    Why is rich La Jolla wasting so much energy and money on these seals while there are so many poor people in San Diego?

  3. Sarah

    We are a third generation La jolla family and love the seals. My daughter was blessed to be able to see a mother seal giving birth to her pup last season and absolutely loves them.

  4. Eliza

    Sharks have been feeding there for years, with the seals being there. It’s insane to try to take over their feeding area with children and swimmers. Yes, of course there should be a lifegaurd tower!

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