Harassed seals abandon their pups in La Jolla’s Children’s Pool
During harbor seal pupping season (Dec. 15 to May 15), mothers and pups enjoy the sandy Children’s Pool (aka Casa Beach) to themselves. However, at the nearby South Casa Beach, seals are constantly harassed by visitors who approach them in close proximity and sometimes even pet them. Scared mothers may abandon their pups if they have been separated or human smell has contaminated the pup. Abandoned pups often times starve to death.