La Jolla Cove: Seals, Sea Lions and Pelicans

La Jolla Cove coastline at sunset

Today we took a walk along La Jolla Cove. The Children’s Pool was closed so as not to disturb the harbor seals, who are giving birth. There were lots of young pups that were entertaining to watch. Harbor seals certainly have sun bathing down!

Harbor seals at La Jolla Children’s Pool
Sea Lions at La Jolla Cove

The California sea lions are a more active bunch than the seals; they prefer the rocks to the sandy beach. You can hear them barking from a distance and smell them too! Both seals and sea lions need to “haul out” of the water seven to eight hours a day to rest and regulate body temperature.

The Brown Pelican is one of many species of birds that are seen along the
rocky cliffs in La Jolla, California.

The Brown Pelican was listed under the U.S Endangered Species Act from 1979 to 2009 due to pesticide use. They have made a comeback and are now plentiful in Southern California and elsewhere.

La Jolla is known as “the jewel” of San Diego, not just for it’s beautiful natural areas. There are lots of ritzy stores, homes and hotels. It is a hollywood get away and playground for the rich and famous. Not too impressed with the glitz, here is John “jogging” in his hiking boots.

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