In video from a camera installed on a condemned lifeguard tower, the women appeared to be sitting on the seals, pulling their flippers and kicking them, according to Larry Wan of Western Alliance for Nature Conservancy, who sponsors the webcam.
All of the seals retreated to the water and it was unknown if animals suffered injuries.
Around 200 seals gather along La Jolla’s coastline from January to March to give birth to pups. The birthing season attracts thousands of tourists to the area.
It was not illegal for the women to be on the beach, but harassing the seals is against the law.