February 27, 2012

San Diego Wildlife

San Diego is well known for the 'San Diego Zoo', located in the heart of the city. I have not gone to appreciate this zoo, but have instead admired the wonderful free wildlife that the city has to offer. Here are a few photos that only offer a small glimpse into the cities plant life.

My San Diego adventures have also included some animal wildlife. After finding some seals out on a ride, Janel felt it was appropriate to show me some real ones at Casa Beach (or The Children's Pool) in La Jolla. It is currently pup season, which meant lots of cute baby harbor seals! Ellen Browning Scripps donated money in 1931 for the construction of the sea wall and beach for a place for children to play. However, the seals that inhabited this particular area for years returned to inhabit this beach once they were no longer commercially hunted. I was shocked to learn that there have been recent efforts to dredge the beach to drive the seals away and make it exclusively for human use. It seems completely ridiculous that people want to drive out an endangered population to create another recreational area. I'm pretty sure any child would choose the opportunity to watch seals in the wild (and not just within the walls of a zoo), over getting yet another beach to play on. I hope the residents and policy makers recognize the importance of living in harmony with nature, and choose to make this a protected area where the seals can remain for years to come. Here are a few photos from this incredible location:


  1. See you're doing the touristy thing. Good for you. Nice pics. First race this season coming up fast, good luck! Oma & Opa

  2. I had a wonderful morning 2 weeks ago in Parksville BC with the sea loins. We had a condo right on the ocean. It was lightly raining and I was out for a walk. The sea lions followed me up and down the beach. At any one time there would be 6 or 8 of them popping up to watch me. There were very large herds of them there.

    Hope your racing is going well. Have fun is South America! Enjoy the beef and try some Malbec wine.

    Good luck!