Category archives for: Seal Watch

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


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.

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

San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman said he was inclined to maintain the "status quo," and keep the opening in the guideline rope at Children's Pool at three feet (as seen here). He has scheduled a preliminary injunction for 12:30, Friday, April 12. Pat Sherman photos

Pressman scheduled a preliminary injunction for April 12, urging both sides to consider “coordinating or consolidating” their suits.

Opinion/Letters to the Editor: ADA access would complete the grandness of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla

handicap scuba diver

I am writing in regard to handicapped access at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. There is a ramp there now that historically has been used by wheelchairs. The new lifeguard tower remodel needs to be redesigned immediately to include full ADA access to the water’s edge by wheelchairs.

La Jolla Parks and Beaches board wants review of ‘seal cam’ images for relevance

A screen shot taken from the WAN Conservancy website by LJP&B member Ken Hunrichs, which he claims shows a misuse of the ‘seal cam.’

The trustees of La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. (LJP&B) voted at their Feb. 25 meeting to pen two letters of concern to the City of San Diego regarding the new “seal cam” at Children’s Pool and the fences on the bluffs at the La Jolla Cove.

Opinion/Letters to the Editor: Ellen Browning Scripps’ trust is the only dictate to Children’s Pool use

In all the articles I have read in this and other local papers about the seals v. humans at the Children’s Pool, you seem to ignore the elephant (seal) in the room: a trust document between the City of San Diego and the estate of Ellen Browning Scripps. What’s next? Scripps Clinic? Green Hospital?

Children’s Pool Friends sue city over seal rope extension

Children’s Pool visitors delight in the seals from behind the rope barrier. Pat Sherman

The La Jolla beach access advocacy group, Friends of the Children’s Pool (FoCP), announced on Feb. 21 their lawsuit filed against the City of San Diego for the December 2012 lengthening of the rope barrier found at Children’s Pool. The papers were served Feb. 25.

Court papers claim City of San Diego Planning Commission erred by denying year-round seal rope permit at La Jolla Children’s Pool

Bryan Pease. Courtesy

“The city concedes its Planning Commission erred when it denied the … permit for an annual rope barrier” –Deputy City Attorney George Schaefer

Opinion/Editorial: Police presence at Children’s Pool in La Jolla will hopefully ease the tensions over shared-use plans

Habour Seal in La Jolla. Courtesy

Opinion/Editorial: “Aw come on,” we thought to ourselves last week when we first heard that full-time police presence was ordered at the Children’s Pool beach. “Police officers AND park rangers?! What’s next? Drones?” But then we watched the sad and shameful video of two young women in the dark of night cruelly harassing the pregnant seals and their pups last Thursday, and we had second thoughts.

Updated with Video: Police ordered to ‘keep the peace’ at La Jolla Children’s Pool

an Diego Police Lt. Larry Hesselgesser and a park ranger monitor Children’s Pool beach for potential human conflicts and harassment of seals. Pat Sherman photos

San Diego Police officers began patrolling Children’s Pool beach to “keep the peace” between those who want the shores reserved for seals nd those who want shared use with people. Operators of a live, streaming “seal cam” has released video showing two young women harassing the seals in La Jolla.

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