Category archives for: Seal Watch

Judge denies request to shorten seal rope at La Jolla Children’s Pool

A 152-foot-long rope is positioned at the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla with the purpose of distancing humans from seals. (Photo by Pat Sherman)

Judge Joel Pressman denied requests by beach access proponents to shorten the rope, and to end a nighttime beach closure ordered by the mayor.

Judge’s ruling clears way for year-round seal rope at La Jolla Children’s Pool

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“The community’s interests have once again been circumvented and ignored.” —Friends of the Children’s Pool President Ken Hunrichs

City must consult federal agency when removing dead sea lions at La Jolla Cove

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Scientists still puzzled by unexplained ‘starvation’ trend among young sea lions.

Opinion: Seal camera at Children’s Pool in La Jolla is greatly welcomed, but not new

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I installed SealCam on the Lifeguard Tower summer of 2000. It quickly became the most popular Internet camera in California. People from all over the world tuned in and watched what I coined San Diego’s “unique natural treasure” — the seals.

The Seal Deal: Part 3 of La Jolla Light series explores the pinniped world at Children’s Pool

People crowd the Children’s Pool beach at sunset to see the harbor seals. (Photo by Daniel Solomon)

The presence of harbor seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla generates a lot of interest and a lot of controversy. Visitors and residents alike have questions about the seals, and much misinformation abounds. In the interest of setting the record straight, La Jolla Light reached out to seal expert Monica DeAngelis with NOAA for all the information we could gather.

The Seal Deal: Part 2 of La Jolla Light series explores behavior patterns in the pinniped world at Children’s Pool

The presence of harbor seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla generates a lot of interest ... and a lot of controversy. Visitors and residents alike have questions about the seals, and much misinformation abounds. In the interest of setting the record straight, La Jolla Light reached out to a seal expert for all the information we could gather about them. (Photo by Ashley Mackin)

In the second of at least three parts in our seal series, La Jolla Light continues its expose on the pinnipeds (fin-footed mammals) at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool with the help from marine biologist Monica DeAngelis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal Advisory Committee.

Sea lion found resting in patio chair at La Jolla hotel part of unexplained starvation trend [VIDEO & STORY]

SeaWorld rescuers found this malnourished California sea lion pup resting in a lounge chair at the Paintai Inn Tuesday morning. It had apparently wandered over from the beach on its own. Courtesy

SeaWorld San Diego came to the rescue of a sea lion pup found lounging in a patio chair at the Pantai Inn hotel, off the coast of La Jolla in San Diego County, Calif., on March 26, 2013.

Questions arise about details of seal harassment video at La Jolla Children’s Pool

Sara Wan (at microphone) with husband Larry Wan of the WAN Conservancy, addressed the public at Children's Pool beach during an event held earlier this year to unveil the newly installed "seal cam" atop the condemned lifeguard tower. Pat Sherman photos

Kicking, punching, pulling: Claims repeated by local and national media, and used by the mayor to justify closing Children’s Pool.

The Seal Deal: Part 1 of series explores the pinniped world at Children’s Pool in La Jolla

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The presence of harbor seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla generates a lot of interest … and a lot of controversy. Visitors and residents alike have questions about the seals, and much misinformation abounds.
In the interest of setting the record straight, La Jolla Light reached out to a seal expert for all the information we could gather about them. Marine biologist Monica DeAngelis, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal Advisory Committee, answered our questions and those sent in by our readers.

UPDATED (3/21): Mayor orders Children’s Pool in La Jolla closed after dark through May 15

On a recent evening at the Children's Pool a park ranger alerted visitors by loudspeaker that the beach would be closing each night at sunset.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has closed La Jolla’s Children’s Pool at nighttime, effective immediately.

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