La Jolla is home to a unique colony of harbor seals at Casa Beach. Harbor seals are "true seals", or "phocids", meaning that they have no external ear flaps, have short flippers, and move with an inching motion on land; they are fast and agile in the water. By contrast, sea lions are "eared seals", with external ear flaps, and with large flippers, and they "walk" on land.
Harbor seals need to "haul out" on to a land surface on a daily or regular basis. During the spring, they also give birth, typically to a single pup. At this time, the "haulout site" is also a "rookery site".
It is important to allow the seals and their pups to rest without disturbance, and for mothers and pups to be able to bond without disturbance, which is essential to the survival of the pup.
This website will be providing information about the La Jolla seals, and will present photographs and video.
Please check out the DVD documentary, "Harbor Seals of the Coast", due to be released soon!!! It will show seals and sea lions in their natural habitats, with topside and underwater footage!!!
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