Who wouldn’t want to observe seals and their little pups in La Jolla, California? We walked toward the ocean cliffs and, when we saw many tourists ahead, knew we were headed in the right direction.
A staircase led down to La Casa Beach. A line drawn in the sand extended out from the stairs – separating seals on the right from people on the left. We joined other observers behind the line and happily watched the resting mother seals and their pups. An occasional seal would stir to make its way to the water, and its pup followed behind.
Time out. What were they thinking? Somehow, we assumed everyone would know that the mother seals should not be stressed and should be allowed plenty of space for themselves and their pups, including a wide accessible path to the ocean.
Apparently the contentious issue of room for the seals versus unlimited access for people has been hotly debated for years. However, it was clear to us that seals deserve more protection and people need more education.