Seals in San Diego

2009-07-21

I've just read on BBC news the distressing news that the authorities are going to try and clear the Seals from La Jolla beach. I've been there twice now, once last year on holiday and once about 5 years ago while working. I only went the second time because I wanted to see the seals again.

The reason seems, frankly, daft. The pool was gifted to the city if it became a "public area". But, apparently, it isn't public if kids shouldn't swim in it because the seals don't clean up after themselves.

Well, yes, okay, this is true. But just become some philanthropist in the 1930s made a statement doesn't mean that we should live be this now; new knowledge has arisen. While a seal reserve might not be the original intent use, it's still allows the obvious public use of watching the seals.

The real irony of the situation is the philanthropist in question was Ellen Browning Scripps, who also funded the Scripps oceanographic institute, familiar to many, and in San Diego, the Natural History museum, Zoological gardens and Research labs in Balboa park.

We need more public understanding of the life around us. The La Jolla seals are a rare and precious beacon that should be preserved; let's face it, San Diego is not short of areas for kids to paddle in.