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27. Learning to Share
The seal population just south of Monterey, California,
making life difficult for the surfer population. There
been several incidents in the past month of
being bitten or attacked by seals. Scientists think
is merely a result of overcrowding. Over the
10 years, the seals have made “their” beach
to suit their growing population.
The seal-loving activists
that the surfers should surf elsewhere. They say
the surfers are infringing on the seals’ territory
making them nervous and irritable. Sometimes, when there
too many surfers, they actually cause the seals
leave the beach. This, the activists say, deprives
lovers of the opportunity to enjoy watching and
to the seals. The activists argue that this
should be off limits to surfers.
, don’t see it quite that way. They think
it’s good if the seals get hit in
head with a loose surfboard occasionally, because that
teach them to stay on their rocks and
away from the surfers’ part of the beach.
shouldn’t be allowed to have their rocks and
beach, too,” exclaimed one blond, tan, thin 16-year-old
refused to identify himself. “All these seals think
is me, me, me! They need to learn
share. Can’t someone just train them to clear
of here from about 1:00 to sunset? They
come back here and stay all night and
morning. That makes sense to me.”
is going to hold a public hearing on
issue. They know it’s going to be a
issue to settle, because neither the activists nor
surfers seem willing to compromise. A similar issue
San Diego was settled in the seals’ favor.
were prohibited from using the seals’ area. Mysteriously,
seals eventually vacated that particular area, and the
were allowed to return.