Posts Tagged ‘nature’

La Jolla Seal Pupping Season is Here!

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One of my favorite places in San Diego is one I don’t get to often enough: Casa Beach (or “seal beach” or “the children’s pool”, as some of you might know it) in La Jolla.

There’s a long been a big controversy surrounding the beach shared by both humans and harbor seals. As the only harbor seal rookery (or breeding ground) south of Carpinteria Seal Preserve in Santa Barbara County, it’s a safe place for the seals to rest and haul themselves out of the ocean, which “they need to do 30-40% of the time in order to survive”, according to the La Jolla Friends of the Seals.

Many locals, especially some long-time La Jolla residents, believe it has always been and should always be a respite for humans only, primarily for children.  While the land was initially a natural beach, it was granted by the State of California to the City of San Diego as public land.  In 1931, money was subsequently donated by Ellen Browning Scripps so that it could become a “safe haven” for children to swim and play and a breakwater wall was constructed.  They re-dubbed the beach The Childrens’ Pool.  However, there are still many misconceptions about the true purpose of the land. (more…)

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