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July 12, 2012

Another Victory for the La Jolla Seals!

By Diane Castaneda
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With strong community support, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously on July 11th to keep the rope barrier at the Children’s Pool year-round! The rope barrier is designed to protect harbor seals by keeping residents and tourists a safe distance from the animals.

La Jolla’s Children’s Pool is a popular tourist destination that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to see the harbor seals residing on the coast. 

Currently, the rope is only in place during pupping season, from December to May, so that the seals may birth their pups without human disturbance. But when the ropes were later removed, people would approach the seals, at times spooking the animals and driving them back to the ocean.  "It seemed to me that the rope worked. When it came down, that's when things started to go under," California Coastal Commissioner Esther Sanchez said at the long-awaited hearing held on July 11th at Chula Vista City Hall.  Seals need time and space for resting, re-oxygenating, and for nurturing their young, which is exactly what they do when spending time at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool.

A big “Thank you!” to the thousands of people who took the time to send letters and emails in support of this community effort to protect La Jolla’s seals.