Harbor Seal Walk and Talk
Since the construction of the sea wall that created the Children’s Pool in 1931, the pool itself has mostly disappeared — only a quarter of it remains as decades of surf has filled the rest with sand. This created the broad beach that harbor seals now occupy. The surf at the shoreline can be turbulent, and it isn’t safe for toddling young humans as it used to be, but it’s perfect for harbor seal birthing and raising a pup.
For a close-up look and some history of the harbor seals in La Jolla, the Seal Society of San Diego offers a free walk and talk during pupping season, starting at Mangelsen’s Images of Nature Gallery, every other Sunday through March 19. Attendees can learn about the harbor seal colony and then take a short walk to the beach to see the seals and the newborn seal pups.