Letters to the Editor: June 28, 2007

Dear Editor:

For the two and a half years that I have lived across the street from the “Children’s Pool” I have read the tiresome letters of Kent Trego and wanted to enter the discussion. I pass by the Seal Beach almost daily and have often witnessed the intruding Anti-Sealers, and on a few occasions the direct confrontations of the two groups.

Recently Mr. Trego wrote about the Pro-Sealers selling merchandise as a way to collect money. I have no direct knowledge of where the money goes, but common sense leads me to believe that it might be part of compensation to the heroic souls who sit up all night in any weather, guarding against, and documenting, the cowardly acts of the anti-sealers performed under the cover of darkness.

Trego wrote that the pinnipeds are losing their wild instincts by accepting the people on the curved seawall. I have no scientific knowledge as to the structure of the pinnipeds eyes, but again I suppose that they were designed to be more effective in the water for better visibility in hunting prey. I would doubt the seals have the ability or interest to look up and see the people moving on the seawall and distinguish them from the same harassing anti-sealers prancing around on the beach.

As for shared-use of the beach, it seems impractical to me as a possibility. Even if both species did manage to accept each other, surely there would be incidents of children taunting the seals and the reaction would probably be a bite. Then the parents would cause an uproar. Besides, is the city going to change the sand each year? Yeah, right.

Historically the beach was made for children, but in the seventy-odd years of its existance, the whole world has changed, mostly for the worst. Maybe the Children’s Pool is now more suited to be referred to as Seal Beach. Let’s accept it and start enjoying nature’s effort to correct some wrongs which we humans have committed to the degradation of the Earth on which we all are trying to live.

Peter Fraser

La Jolla