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Seal Cam temporarily taken down in preparation for demolition of old lifeguard tower at Children’s Pool in La Jolla

A screen grab from the WAN Conservancy website.
A screen grab from the WAN Conservancy website.
A screen grab from the WAN Conservancy website.
A screen grab from the WAN Conservancy website.

By Ashley Mackin

The Seal Cam atop the lifeguard tower at Children’s Pool beach has been temporarily removed in preparation for the tower’s demolition (scheduled to begin Aug. 5), therefore the live streaming has been suspended.

Sara Wan of WAN Conservancy, the non-profit organization that installed and monitors the Seal Cam, said the camera is currently being stored in a remote, undisclosed location until it can be reinstalled.

She added that “any day now,” the camera would be re-installed on the construction trailer adjacent to the tower, so it can still monitor the beach and the seals that might be there.

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Though seal pupping season ended on May 15, Wan maintains that the camera needs to be there because there are still seals on the beach, and some people are harassing them. Wan said she watched the Seal Cam’s live streaming earlier this week and counted 117 seals on the beach in the morning hours before 10 a.m. If the seals are not on the beach, she said, it is because people chased them into the water.