Several lobster traps washed into the protected La Jolla Ecological Reserve, which includes the La Jolla Cove. And a total of 11 traps were removed by San Diego lifeguards from the La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores and the Mission Bay Boating Safety Unit teams on Tuesday, according to Ed Harris, a spokesman with the San Diego lifeguard union.
Harris said lifeguards used dive gear, rescue boards and a surf rescue boat to remove the traps. During the process 58 lobsters were released and some of those crustaceans weighed 4 pounds.
In an email, Harris said "This is one of the many things lifeguards do. Removing traps from the reserve reduces pollution, saves aquatic animals and removes dangerous ropes from the swimming area."