This little one is so cute! (Click on picture to enlarge)
The ocean is so cool and refreshing!
Seals sunbathing in the warm summer sun.
This picture is looking down on the other side of the cement wall.
You can see why the seals
use the beach for their home.
When my daughter lived in Carlsbad we visited this beach in La Jolla, California. Jenni wanted me to see the seals and water....both were amazing. We hiked down and out to the end of the cement wall,
and that's where I took these above pictures.
A Little History....
Casa Beach, also known as the Children’s Pool, is a tiny beach in La Jolla, California that is famous for its colony of harbor seals. The site is a huge tourist attraction and a favorite spot for locals to watch wildlife.
In 1931, Ellen Browning Scripps donated money to build a sea wall in order to create “a safe place for children to swim”. To allow the artificial construction, the State of California transferred the land to the City of San Diego in a Tidelands Grant of 1931, dedicating Casa Beach to human recreation. Back then, seals were commercially hunted by fishermen who viewed these animals as competitors for fish. Hunting was so extensive that many harbor seal populations abandoned traditional haul-out areas.
Casa Beach has been home to the seals for centuries; the rock the sea wall was built on was called “Seal Point” by the first settlers to the area. Seals made their comeback in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a result of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the federal law passed by Congress in 1972.