By Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
I am in sunny San Diego as we are preparing to open our Point Loma location (officially open April 29th). This is only my second time to visit San Diego and I was really excited to see some other sites like the La Jolla cove. I have heard it is a breathtaking view with the cliffs and rocky beaches. And it lived up to all its hype.
But my main objective to coming over to La Jolla was to see all the sea lions who have claimed the clifs around the cove to be their home. It was magical to see these guys in the wild so close up. There were so many. I love sea lions they remind me of dogs, not just cause they bark but their faces look at you like they are a bunch of golden retrievers with flipper legs.
So as I quietly made my way down the cliff, I could get closer and watch these guys. They were mostly sleeping all together, a few getting smashed as others moved around in their sleeping pod they created. There always seemed to be some males staying awake, probbaly keeping watch, but looking like showoffs to me.
After seeing, such an awesome sight, I did some research to see where these guys came from and why they were all there, right on a cove where people love to swim.
Well, there seems to be some controversy surrounding these guys camping out at the cove. The San Diego Reader reported on this issue from a disgruntled beach goer claiming the sea lion take over was ruining their beloved La Jolla cove beach experiences. The lions were not only becoming aggressive and warding off humans trying to enter the water but also making the once clear water dirty with their waste.
On the other side of the spectrum is the argument that it's the people who are constantly around the lions making noises at them and scaring them by getting too close is what is making the lions seem aggressive, when really they could just feel threatened.
Read the full article here.
Personally, I see both sides of this argument and I am all about leaving animals at peace in their natural habitats where they are not living in fear of humans invading with their homes. But I also like us to be able to enjoy nature for recreation as well. So.... I do not know the best solution to this problem, but I do know that this is one of the sweetest things I have seen in a while.