‘Seal Cam’ horror show as women are filmed cruelly kicking and abusing pregnant harbor seals at night in San Diego

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 13:01 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 EST, 20 February 2013

 

The attackers were recorded by a special ‘Seal Cam,’ which was set up in the La Jolla Cove area in January to monitor the seal colony and help protect pregnant seals and their pups from potential harassment.

Footage shows one women sitting on the seals, pulling their flippers and kicking them, while another woman films her and takes photographs causing a flashing light to go off in the animal’s faces.

 

Police in San Diego are hunting two woman caught on infrared camera cruelly harassing local harbor seals in the middle of the nightPolice in San Diego are hunting two woman caught on infrared camera cruelly harassing local harbor seals in the middle of the night

Enlarge   The pregnant animals who forced back into the water to escape their tormentors The pregnant animals who forced back into the water to escape their tormentors

Harbor seals are supposed to be protected by having their own area of the La Jolla beach, but many people ignore the rope and signHarbor seals are supposed to be protected with their own area of the beach, but many people ignore the rope and signs

Clearly disturbed, one by one the animals return to sea to avoid the abuse.

The women’s behavior has been branded a ‘horror show’ by the local seal activist who initially proposing the high-def technology which includes infrared capability to monitor the seals at night.

‘Knowing that they’re pregnant and chasing them into water and doing gestures and sitting on them,’ Dr. Jane Reldan told Fox5 San Diego, ‘I think it’s a horror show.’

 

While the women aren’t breaking any law by being on the beach, they are supposed to stay behind a rope intended to mark out an area saved for the animals.

Even before the installation of the surveillance camera at the La Jolla Children’s Pool in January, there was been a growing controversy for many years regarding if the harbor seals and human residents can happily co-exist on the beach.

Many locals are unhappy about their access to the water being restricted by a section being roped off between December and May for the seals to use during pupping season.