HARBOR SEALS   la jolla harbor seals 


Updates on the La Jolla harbor seal colony, rookery, and sea lion haulout sites.



A seasonal protection measure for sea lions has been approved by the California Coastal Commission.  A seasonal pupping season closure of Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach has been approved from May 15 - October 15 for seven years.  Harbor seal pupping season closures occur annually at Casa Beach from Dec 15-May 15.  A guideline rope informs safe viewing distances for the rest of the year.  Signage is seen in these areas.


Sea lion pups cannot swim at birth and if pushed off a bluff by humans, can drown or be severely injured.  Harbor seal pups can swim at birth.


Harbor seal pupping season will begin in December 2022 at Casa Beach.   Sea lion 2022 pupping season is still in effect at Boomer Beach and Point La Jolla.


Specialized La Jolla tourism information available here.  Tours may be booked see email below.


Seals and Sea Lions should be observed from a safe viewing distance as close human approach can cause harmful effects on the animals




New Projects:




  Short Video about Harbor Seals    Marine Mammal Care Center Video       Sentinels of the Sea  





    Ocean Defender's Alliance                   Sharon Young  Expert                             STEM LECTURE

     featured in documentary                                 interview                                    PRESENTATIONS




Harbor Seal Pupping Season Information Sessions were offered in 2019 and early 2020 at the Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery in La Jolla 7916 Girard Ave.


Schedule is currently on hold due to Covid and updates for 2022 will be announced here.


Online programs for schools/groups are still being offered.


Website by nature film award winner, STEM lecturer, and pinniped specialist 


Learn more about the documentary, "Sentinels of the Sea", in production and near completion.  


This  full length production  will be looking at pinnipeds  in detail  also featuring expert interviews and amazing topside and underwater footage of these animals in the wild. Red One footage will be included.  This project is supported by many non profit organizations including the Sierra Club national magazine


Featuring the beauty of the ocean and many aquatic habitats, along with fascinating details about animal behavior and biology,  this production looks at issues of critical concern about ocean wildlife including the impacts of disturbance and other human caused factors.  


Help to support this documentary that will educate wide audiences about these animals and their habitats. 




Additional past presentations/projects include 


-Video documentary  "Harbor Seals of the Coast" shown at Cabrillo National Monument at several festivals 

-Development of field monitoring skills/ programs for college students

-STEM Lecture 

-Mensa program

-Accolade Global Film Award

-Magazine articles including HSUS online magazine All Animals

-Children's book,  " Sugar the Harbor Seal Pup"  has just been published and is available on Amazon

-Film/slideshow/lecture presentations at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery


Current projects include


-"Sentinels of the Sea" full length feature documentary is in production and near completion


- Short documentary "Ocean Dances" is in production


- Short documentary  " A Rare View of Nature " is complete and will be offered for streaming



Contact blueoceanmovie@yahoo.com for more information


Fine Art Prints and cards of harbor seals and sea lions available for sale at Jewels By the Sea in La Jolla. 1237 Prospect St.  Net proceeds help to support the documentary.  










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