Everybody out of the Pool!

It would appear that the seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla may have worn out their legal welcome.

A San Diego judge ordered the seals out of the pool.

A Superior Court judge on Monday gave the city 72 hours to begin getting rid of harbor seals that have invaded the artificial cove or face heavy fines.

City officials said they plan this week to scare off the seals by broadcasting barking dog sounds. The plan could cost the city $700,000. Some people are still scratching their head over that figure. The city said much of the costs would be for paying for security at the site.

Attorneys for seal supporters are expected to seek an injunction to prevent such action.

At times, more than 100 of the marine mammals are visible at the Children's Pool, which is polluted with their feces.

The number of seals using the cove began growing in the 1990s for unknown reasons. Bacteria from their waste prompted the city to close the Children's Pool in 1997.

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