Letter to the editor: Move pinnipeds from developed beaches
Published - 02/16/17 - 10:31 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mr. Covington offered a choice. I choose the first proposal - move the seals.

The seals and sea lions are inhabiting developed beaches that have cost the taxpayers of San Diego millions of dollars….for lifeguard stations, stairs, walls, walkways, and restrooms.

The seals and sea lions can legally be displaced from the developed beaches and they can find Undeveloped beaches to lay on. Maybe they will go to the Coronado Islands. That would be great, as they wouldn’t be bothered by anyone.

They’re animals, so they’re adaptable. They’ll do fine somewhere else. They were somewhere else before the city allowed them to take over Children’s Pool and La Jolla Cove.

The seals and sea lions do pose threats to humans. Their waste pollutes the beach sand and ocean water. They carry diseases such as tuberculosis, leptospirosis, brucellosis, mycoplasmosis, blastomycosis, lobomycosis, mycobacterium marinum, calicivirus, influenza, poxvirus and others. And they can attract predators, such as sharks.

If you had rats or mice or termites living in your house, would you move out and let them have the house? Or would you kick them out of “their home?" Would you even kill them? After all, they have a right to live! And they need a place to have babies …and rest.

Since you “swam in the cove a few times and got cold," you should get a wetsuit and try again. Because you don’t swim in the Cove, your opinion on what other people should do there is not relevant.

A lot of people swim in the Cove every day of the year, even in winter, and without wetsuits.

I agree that the cove is a great place to “enjoy 360-degree views of La Jolla”. Thecove is one of the best beaches in California. Thousands of people swim there in the summer. The cove is a great place to swim, snorkel, dive, body surf, picnic, and lay on the beach….as long as it’s not contaminated with pinniped poop.

Dan Truitt
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