Take paradise, chase off seals & swim

February 26, 2013
Seals congregate to rest and relax near La Jolla Cove, just like tourists. 
But this is the seals’ beach, and has been for more than 100 years. 
It’s their rookery, where they birth and raise their young.

They always look so comfy in the sand, the epitome of relaxation. 
Almost tourist-like in their love of sand and surf. 

 But unlike tourists, mama seals give birth right there. 
Can you see the dark-colored mom and her newborn pup above? 
I suspect it’s the same pup a friend saw being born the day before.
But there’s trouble in Paradise:
A small group of affluent La Jolla residents are fighting
to drive the seals from this beach, 
a longtime seal rookery. 
They want to restore the beach, which is fairly small, 
so children can swim there.
At that particular
stretch of beach.
 No seals, that’s what they want.
And some angry residents
are actually driving the seals off.
Physically chasing them off.

It’s a move reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi:
They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum *
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

I guess they think that we don’t need to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, 
not if it interferes with what humans want to do. 
Like take their kids to a small beach seals use, when they live on a huge coast 
with many, many beaches they can visit instead. 
And then, I suppose, kids can visit a seal museum 
where they can see stuffed seals in life-like panoramas.
City camera footage showed an anti-seal activist chasing seals off at 3 a.m. 
I’m sickened by this. 
Seriously, folks. Is it really necessary for us to use every inch of nature 
and leave nothing for its creatures? 
We’ve already encroached on so much habitat. 
Must we take it all?

Armed police and rangers are posted nearby
to protect the creatures.

What is wrong with these people?

This is the worst of human behavior, in my opinion,
this belief that we have to have it all. That it’s ok to torment nature’s creatures.  
Thankfully, pro-seal activists are fighting back. 
But why should they have to?
Why is being kind to God’s creatures so difficult for some people? 
Why are people so self-centered and grasping?
Why do they not see what we stand to lose?

Treat Earth (and its creatures) well.   
It was not given to you by your parents. It was lent to you for your children.
5 comments on “Take paradise, chase off seals & swim
  1. I agree with you here. If this has in fact, always been the seals..then the seals it should stay. Love that they need POLICE to enforce this…gahhh…

  2. Great analogy with the taxi song, and I love the quote you ended with.

    Humans sometimes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. For sentient beings, they sometimes are not aware of the interconnection of all beings.

  3. Ruth Curran says:

    Thank you for helping protect my neighbors!!! Most of all Carol, I love that you get it that it is really about all those things we hope people learn in kindergarten — sharing, respect, and honoring personal space to name a few.

    There are so many miles of beautiful beach up and down the southern California coast — move along people!

    Love the photos!

  4. Jennifer Comet Wagner says:

    That is terrible. The California coast is tremendous. Why can’t they just let the seals have this little stretch of beach. People have to remember that they aren’t the only ones that matter on this planet.

  5. Ellen Dolgen says:

    Thanks for giving this environmental and community issue the attention it deserves. And I love Joni Mitchell!

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