April 16, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A webcam set up to monitor a San Diego seal colony around the clock has captured two women harassing the animals.
KFMB-TV reports the "seal-cam" caught the women kicking the seals, pulling their flippers and flashing lights at them at Children's Pool in La Jolla.
The camera was unveiled last month to capture the winter birthing season. It has infrared capability to capture seals giving birth at night.
The chairman of the Western Alliance for Nature, which streams footage from the camera on its website, said the women's behavior drove the seals off the beach.
The seals moved into the former children's swimming cove in the 1990s, sparking a long feud between their supporters and advocates of beach access.
A rope barrier now separates areas for people and seals.