SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES – CHILDREN’S POOL / SEAL BEACH

The “Children’s Pool” is a small beach protected from the sea that was originally a safe swimming area for children.  The Children’s Pool today is known as “Seal Beach.”

There has been controversy surrounding this small beach for 20 years give or take a couple years.  The seals first started showing up on Children’s Pool Beach in 1994 and they were removed.  By 1996 there were reported to be twice as many seals in the Children’s Pool area as there were on Seal Rock.  Seal rock is about 100 yards North of Children’s Pool and is a designated Marine Mammal Reserve.  By 1999 seal pups were being born on Children’s Pool Beach.

And so the battle rages on:  Should the seals stay or should the beach be returned to the children?  The case has been heard in courts, rulings have been handed down and rulings have been overturned.  Personally, I think the seals are squatters and the beach should be returned to the children, based on the fact that mammal reserves already occupy almost three-quarters of the California coastline, and safe beaches for children are very few and very far in between.

Children's Pool taken over by seals

Children’s Pool taken over by seals.  The people are standing behind a chain fence on the beach.

Seals on the Beach

Seals on the Beach

Small beach to south of Children's Pool.  Note seal on rock at right.

Small beach to south of Children’s Pool. Note seal on rock at right.

Waves hitting rocks

Waves hitting rocks

Seal sunning on the rock

Seal sunning on the rock

In 1931 the sea wall was built to keep the waves from slamming into the cove-like beach.

Seawall

Seawall

Wave crashing over end of seawall

Wave crashing over end of seawall

The lifeguard station is said to be the oldest wooden station in California.  It was built in 1877.  Bids went out last year for its demolition and the building of a new Lifeguard Station.  And there goes another piece of history.

Life Guard Station

Life Guard Station

And, of course, there were Pelicans

Pelicans sunning themselves

Pelicans sunning themselves

Ready for Take-off

Ready for Take-off

Time to Soar

Time to Soar

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