La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos – San Diego

La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego

A place must be pretty special in order to be nicknamed “The Jewel,” and La Jolla certainly fits the bill for a variety of reasons. One of the main draws to La Jolla is the cove. No, this is not the same cove where they slaughter dolphins. That documentary was filmed in Taiji, Japan.

The La Jolla Cove has no shortage of sea life or glistening, blue ocean water. Last year we took our first kayaking trip through La Jolla Cove and visited natural sea caves. Afterwards, we took a dip in the ocean and snorkeled with the bright orange Garibaldi fish that are common in this area.


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos – San Diego


Children’s Pool in La Jolla Cove used to be a popular place for families to play and swim. Since the early 1990’s, harbor seals, brown pelicans and other birds have taken up residence in this small cove. The seals now have squatters’ rights much to the dismay of a few of the long-time residents of La Jolla who have fond memories of taking their children to this beach.

It is unknown as to why the seals abandoned the offshore sanctuary, Seal Rock, just a mile away. There has been a great deal of debate over the issue of who should have the right use this beach – humans, seals or both.

If you can get past the smell of bird and seal feces, La Jolla Cove is another great place to photograph in San Diego. It’s especially good for wildlife photos, but the view of clear blue ocean is not too bad on the eyes either.

La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego

A Game of Hide and Seek


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego

Bird Crap Rock A.K.A. Bird Rock


La Jolla Cove Wildlife Photos - San Diego


Have you been to La Jolla Cove? What did you think of it?


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  1. Rease Kirchner says:

    I’m not a huge bird fan but sometimes they can be really beautiful. I think I would be too worried about getting crapped on though.
    (ps ignore the fact that this says Emily Sims, I’m trying to fix twitter to make it says Rease!)

  2. Nomadic Samuel says:

    As usual, some great shots with my favourite being the bird crap rock

  3. Technosyncratic says:

    Bird poo makes for very artistically-streaked rocks.  😛 

  4. Nancy FamilyonBikes Sathre-Vog says:

    Stunning photos! I love all the color!

  5. Gorgeous pics!  I haven’t been to La Jolla in years (grew up in S. Cal.).  I’m actually glad to hear nature is taking part of the area back.  I thought the people overpopulation and edging out of wildlife would never end.  🙂

  6. Annie-FootTracker says:

    I lived in California for like 15 years now, yet still never been to San Diego! The first photo of the two birds is so charming! Hopefully I get to see them live someday.

  7. eriksmithdotcom says:

    Gorgeous Pics! San Diego is one of the few large North American cities I haven’t been to. I aim to correct that in the next couple of years!

  8. Catherine Sweeney says:

    “The Jewel” seems a perfect name for the cove. Great shots of the wildlife. I know what you mean about the needing to get past the smells. Oh well, that’s nature!

  9. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy says:

    I thought it was cool. I went mainly for the seals and didn’t have a chance to stay long. It’s interesting to see all the other wildlife I missed out on!