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Casa Beach will be closed during pupping season 2016-2017 Please view mothers and pups from a safe distance and from the sea wall.
If you see a challenged pinniped, please keep a safe distance and contact your local stranding center for assistance. See below for contact numbers for stranding centers in California.
The La Jolla harbor seal colony at Casa beach is an extremely rare mainland birthing population. A location where birthing and pup rearing take place is called a "rookery" site. Please keep a safe distance and let the seals rest.
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Seals and sea lions typically live in coastal areas. Their conditions reflect ocean conditions, problems, health, and other factors. They are called "indicator" species, and thus are "Sentinels of the Sea". Please watch for information and updates about the documentary, "Sentinels of the Sea", in production and near completion. See video pages on this site for links to the trailer.
Many pinniped species haul out onto land on a daily or frequent basis. Some species remain out at sea for an extended period of time.
Harbor Seals and Sea Lions inhabit the local San Diego coastal area and can be seen in the water and hauled out on reefs, beaches, and rocks. Seal pups are born February through May, and sea lion pups are born June through August. In more northern latitudes, harbor seal pupping seasons occur later in the year.
Seals and sea lions are air breathing mammals. They have special abilities that allow them to dive, and to remain underwater, for extended periods of time. Considering that they do not use "scuba gear" these special abilities are especially fascinating. This and more will be covered in "Sentinels of the Sea".
The San Diego coastal area displays a wide variety of habitats, supporting many different plant and animal species. These include fish, invertebrates, sea grasses, kelp, whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds. Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions haul out and have rookery areas at various locations along this coastline. Other seals, such as elephant seals, also haul out locally, on an occasional basis. Sea birds also utilize this natural area.
Of special interest are the pinniped populations that observers can watch from a safe distance, having the rare opportunity to see these animals interact and engage in natural behaviors in their natural environment.
During certain parts of the year, migrating grey whales can be seen, and blue whales also visit the local waters.
It is very important to not disturb seals and sea lions while they are hauled out on land.
More ocean critters
Stranding Center Contact Numbers for California
TMMC San Francisco Area 415-289-4325
PMMC Laguna Beach/Orange County 949-494-3050
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay 831-633-6298
San Luis Obisbo 805-771-8300
Ventura County (CIMWA) 805-567-1505
LA Malibu CWC 310-458-9453
LA Long Beach 310-570-7387
LA San Pedro 310-548-5677
LA South Bay 800-399-4253
Marine Animal Rescue Specialists (rescue) LA
Marina de Rey,Palos Verdes,EL Segundo, other
San Diego County 800-541-SEAL
Seal Conservation San Diego is concerned with providing educational information and media about the natural environments in the San Diego coastal area. We are expanding coverage to include issues and species outside of the San Diego area.
We are also dedicated to providing artistic images depicting related scenes of natural wonder.
We will be offering educational events, special event documentary showings, and selected photographs and other media for purchase and license. Guest expert events will be announced.
Educational events for ecotourism are available. A short educational video is available, and the full length feature documentary is also close to completion.
Our award winning filmmaker is producing these documentaries.
Video links: (please note these may be updated and temporarily unavailable)
The 2015-2016 pupping season for harbor seals at Casa beach is now over. Pups have been weaned and need time to rest on land. Although the gestation period for harbor seals is between nine and eleven months, they only remain with the mother for four to six weeks. During this time they need to learn about the ocean environment, how to swim and dive, and other survival skills. They must form a bond with the mother during this time so that they can gain weight and survive on their own after weaning.
Award winning short
ABOUT US :
E Stanton has been studying harbor seal behavior for more than fifteen years, is past Acting Executive Director of La Jolla Friends of the Seals, and developed a seal monitoring program for students at Mesa College in San Diego. She is an award winning filmmaker, and was recently interviewed by the Humane Society of the United States' magazine "All Animals" on the subject of harbor seals.
Award winning filmmaker E Stanton is producing the feature length documentary. Your donations can make a difference in finishing this project and making this exciting and informative production available.
For questions about the production please contact
This full length documentary is currently in production, and is entitled "Sentinels of the Sea".
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In 2016, many sea lion pups were in need due to starvation and dehydration. Many were rescued by stranding centers.
California sea lion pup
Harbor seal mother and pup