Quirky Attraction: La Jolla Seals

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La Jolla Seals at Children’s Pool Beach
Location: La Jolla, California (850 Coast Boulevard)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 15-45 minutes
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Pool_Beach (unofficial)

La Jolla, California has some nice stretches of beach along the Pacific Ocean. One particular cove was so pretty and isolated they decided to turn it into a Children’s Pool some years back. But the seals weren’t down with that, and they gradually took over, booting the kids out.

A couple hundred seals now hang out here, and people come all day long to take pictures of them. For midwesterners like me, who have never seen seals in the wild, it’s a cool thrill to check them out up close, even if they don’t do much but lay there, or occasionally waddle into the water.

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There’s been a lot of legal wrangling in recent years, as some folks attempted to have the seals removed so humans could return to the beach, but it now seems that the seals have won the legal right to stay. Score one for the aquatic mammal community! And go check them out for yourself!

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