LA JOLLA (CNS) - An Internet webcam installed atop the condemned lifeguard tower at the Children's Pool in La Jolla has been added to the mayor's website and will be streamed on CityTV, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Thursday.
How long the camera stays is an open question, since the tower is slated for replacement. The equipment was paid for and installed last week by Western Alliance for Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving biodiversity through wildlife conservation and education.
"This is a great way to showcase San Diego's unique, natural treasure with people all over the world," Filner said at a news conference. "I personally am looking forward to checking out the webcam to observe the seals."
Harbor seals that took over the beach in the early 1990s have become an attraction to tourists and locals alike. Their presence also is the source of controversy, since beach-access advocates want the area returned to its original use as a safe swimming area for kids.
The city has installed a rope across the opening to the beach to discourage visitors from disturbing the seals, which are in the midst of their pupping season. The camera displayed several people near the seals at one point, but the beach appeared to be clear of human activity a few minutes later.