What’s that you say? You’d like to visit La Jolla, but you’re short of time? Or a plane ticket? No problem. Our community’s multiple web cams make it possible to watch La Jolla from anywhere in the world.
The newest web camera – and the one that’s getting all the attention these days – is the Seal Cam located at the harbor seal rookery at the Children’s Pool.
This is pupping season and fans of seals – reportedly more than 1,000 a day – from as far away as Australia, Russia, and Iran are tuning in and watching the marine mammals waddling in and out of the water, basking in the sun, and even giving birth.
The cam was installed by the nonprofit Western Alliance for Nature Conservancy and is the first and only seal cam on the West Coast.
Its champion, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, says “he welcomes the world to experience an ecological miracle in an urban environment.”
Insider tip: The seals usually have their young at night, so it’s lucky the web cam operates 24/7. The camera will remain in place until May 15, the end of the seals’ pupping season.
The Children’s Pool is near the La Jolla Cove, which just ranked number 8 on a TripAdvisor compilation of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t have a web cam – yet – at The Cove where pelicans are nesting and sea lions have established a colony.
However, you can watch the action at La Jolla Shores Beach courtesy of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Pier Cam. Here you’ll see surfers riding waves, lots of people walking on the beach, and kids playing in the sand.
There’s also a camera on the Lodge at Torrey Pines providing a view of the action at Torrey Pines Golf Course. The Course Cam provides sweeping panoramas of the lush green fairways on a bluff above the ocean.
Finally, be sure to take a look at the Kelp Cam at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
I wasn’t kidding when I said you can watch La Jolla from anywhere in the world – and I hope you will – and then please come and visit.