Cam Gives Live View of San Diego Beach’s Seals

Do you like to people watch at the beach? Well, we have a new pastime for you: seal watching!

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced that a “seal cam” has been installed at a lifeguard tower at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla.

The camera was funded by the Western Alliance for Nature, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving biodiversity.

While the presence of the harbor seals on this beach has long been controversial — some beachgoers would rather the seals move along to free up space for people — this might be something to bring them together.

“This is a great way to showcase San Diego’s unique, natural treasure with people all over the world,” Filner said in a statement. “Imagine the education tool this can also be, not only for researchers and scientists but for children in our schools as well.”

It’s available on the mayor’s website, as well as on one of the city’s cable access channels, in between meetings.

Viewing the new camera reveals that seals handle the beach much like humans, spending most of their time lounging around in the sun … until they scoot into the water for a swim.

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