LA JOLLA (CNS) - A rope barrier designed to discourage people from disturbing harbor seals at the Children's Pool during pupping season was removed Tuesday.
The city of San Diego puts the rope up on Dec. 15. May 15 is viewed as the last day of the six-month period for the seals to give birth and wean their young.
Bryan Pease, an attorney for the Animal Protection and Rescue League, said the beach was full of seals when the rope was taken away around 6:30 a.m.
"Seals continue to use the beach year-round, and when the rope comes down, tourists immediately start flocking to the seals, trying to pet them, and often unintentionally chasing them off the beach," said Pease, a City Council candidate who wants the rope to be kept up all year.
The Children's Pool was deeded to the city in 1931 to be used as a safe swimming spot for children. The seals began to use the area, sparking a years-long conflict between animal rights activists who want to protect the marine mammals, and beach access advocates who want it reclaimed for its intended use.
The battle is going before the California Coastal Commission in July. Instead of just having a rope to discourage people from going down to the beach, a majority of the City Council wants an outright ban on beach access during pupping season, and for a rope to be kept up the rest of the year.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.