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La Jolla Children's Pool - Seals

Discussion in 'Roddenberry Dive Team' started by jridg, May 21, 2010.

  1. jridg

    jridg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alameda, CA
    Hey all!

    I know this is a contentious issue, and I don't want this to turn into any kind of crazy name-calling fight.

    I am, however, interested in what you think about the issue of the seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla. This has been in the local news quite a bit and there are strong feelings on all sides.

    Please, feel free to add your thoughts.

    DM Jim
  2. jridg

    jridg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alameda, CA
    To start this off, here is my own opinion:

    My own, personal feelings (from DM Jim) - are that we should leave the seals in peace and keep people from utilizing this beach. As soon as the rope was taken down at the end of pupping season, people took their children down to the beach and were actually placing their kids on or near the seals - as well as flushing (with or without intent) seals from the beach. Both of these actions are illegal as the seals are Federally protected (yet there is no enforcement). I would really hate to see a person harmed by a seal acting defensively or a seal harmed by the thoughtless actions of one of the people.
  3. ptyx

    ptyx Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: CA
    Let the seals be, open the beach to people, and enforce harassment laws for a couple of the most extreme cases to discourage idiots?

    Rope or no rope, I don't care much - I wouldn't go bathing there but it's convenient to have some kind of access to the water. Even 3 ft wide on the right side is plenty enough for divers, snorkelers and other body surfers.
  4. Rainer

    Rainer DIR Practitioner

    Totally agree.

    As long as access is legal there, divers should have every right to use the area to the right for entries/exists. "Inconvenience" for the seals is extremely minimal.

  5. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Near Pasadena, CA
    I agree as well with this.

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