Friday, September 29, 2023

This is why we can't have nice things!

 I dispair of people sometimes.

In La Jolla, where I went to grad school at UCSD, there was a cove. A quiet place where sea lions hung out and had pups. The locals would occasionally drive or bike by and swing out to watch the sea lions. It was calming to see them lined up, relaxing. 

Local didn't bug them, and if someone started to, the local person watching or walking by would yell at them to knock it off.

And then, the internet. 

It became cool to take pictures of them. Later, it was cool to go to the beach with the sea lions in the background. Since then, it has been crawling with people who have no sense. (I was going to say no sense of propriety, but I realized it was no sense at all.)

I read they go to take selfies with them. Some even climbed on their backs. A bunch of sea pups waiting for food, ran away into the water before they were old enough and starved or drowned. People taunted the bull seals.

And now, La Jolla has had to put up a big fence and keep people to keep the idiots away from these wild creatures. 


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