Sea Turtles in La Jolla - Happy World Sea Turtle Day

The sea turtles at the La Jolla Cove have been a well-kept local secret. While very few surfers, stand-up paddleboarders, snorkelers, and swimmers have actually seen them with their own eyes, every documented sighting went viral on social media. Underwater photographers, drone pilots, and hobby oceanographers shared their beautiful photos of the La Jolla sea turtles with the public. Every year World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on June 16 - This year we are sharing great news in regards to these majestic creatures in our local waters.

Earlier this year, US Navy marine biologist Megan Hanna confirmed with a research study published in Frontiers in Marine Science, what marine life enthusiasts captured: A very small group of East Pacific green sea turtles has permanently settled in the waters off La Jolla Shores and the La Jolla Cove.

Sea turtles in La Jolla captured on camera

The green sea turtles, who are also called Chelonia mydas, live in a protected marine habitat that is also heavily frequented by kayakers, snorkelers, divers and stand-up paddleboarders. Thus regular research methods, which involve a capture-and-release approach, weren’t suitable. Therefore over 300 photographs were used in Megan Hanna at al.’s citizen-based science study to identify and research the life of the five to seven sea turtles in La Jolla.

“We appear to be seeing the result of 30 years of conservation efforts that have increased the population of green sea turtles, and some are expanding into new territories to forage,” Megan Hanna told the LA Times.

Swimming with the La Jolla sea turtles

In 2015 the first green sea turtles were spotted in La Jolla. In only six years the population has grown up to four permanent residents. While the famous leopard sharks are only populating the Shores during a certain time of the year, the green sea turtles are living in La Jolla year-round.

A noteworthy discovery was made, when the scientists noticed that the sea turtles in La Jolla show an unusual behavior: Usually sea turtles in other parts of the world are shy and swim away from humans, but the La Jolla sea turtles seem to ignore their human visitors and thus give them the chance to take a close look.

We are incredibly happy about such a positive development in our marine life system. In order to support the green sea turtle population, we urge all of our students and renters to keep their distance.

How old are the green sea turtles at the La Jolla Cove?

Scientists assume that they are between 5 and 15 years old. In general, green sea turtles can get up to 100 years old.

What should I do, if I see a green sea turtles at the La Jolla Cove?

Enjoy the moment from a distance. Since the turtles usually are not bothered by their visitors, you have time to observe them, without chasing them.

Can I touch a green sea turtle?

You should not touch the green sea turtles. Watch this beautiful animal float with your eyes and embrace the moment.

How do I get to see the sea turtles in La Jolla?

If you have the opportunity, go stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling or kayaking during less busy times, in the early morning hours or during the week. We are happy to point out the areas to you where they are mostly seen between La Jolla Shores and the La Jolla Cove.

photos: Trystan Snodgrass - Follow @trystan_and_zora


California Surfing Day - Surf Lesson Givaway


    Celebrate September 20th with us
    and win a 1 hour private surf lesson
    for 2 people


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This Sunday September 20th, 2020 is California Surfing Day! After becoming the official state sport, surfing in California is celebrated on this day since 2018. 

If you have surfed here in San Diego in September before, you know why this month was picked to celebrate surfing. Long sunny days, warm waters and fun summer swells are hosting a perfect party! 


This year, we are celebrating California Surfing Day with an Instagram Giveway of a 2 person 1 hr surf lesson at Surf Diva School in La Jolla! All you have to do to win, is head over to our Instagram @surfdiva_official and

1. follow us and like our Giveaway post 

2. Leave a comment and tag someone you like to surf with

3. Share our Giveway post with your friends in Instagram Stories

Giveaway ends with the end of the day on September 19th, 2020




One entry per person. Winner will be drawn on September 20th, 2020. Participants must be 13+ years old and all students in the lesson must be at least 5 years old and able to swim. Type of lesson can not be changed. Prize is not redeemable in cash value.  Lesson must be taken before December 31st 2020. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Giveaway will be closed at 11:59pm PDT September 19th. 2020. Winners will be chosen via Google's random number generator. Winner announced and contacted September 20st, 2020. 


Congrats to the winner of the raffle @drcandysurfvivial, Dr. Candice Myhre!
The winner will be notified via Instagram direct message. The winner was drawn via Googles random number picker on May 29th, 2020 at 4:54pm (see documentation below).

The Surf Diva Surf Camp artwork is an original Surf Diva design and is one of surfing's iconic illustrations. While you truly get to win a limited edition collector's item, it will also be your new favorite towel. With it's classic beach towel size (60 x 30 inch) and soft cotton fabric, the Surf Diva beach towel is perfect for the beach, pool, on top of your yoga mat or lounging in your back yard. As you know, Coco is a true Diva, so she thought this towel really through. Therefore it comes with a sturdy but super soft loop in the middle of the long side to hang it up neatly in the shower or at a tree on the beach.


In order to win 1 limited edition Surf Diva beach towel you have to...
  1. Like one of the sweepstake posts on Instagram
  2. Tag 1 friend in the comments of the same sweepstake post
  3. Share this sweepstake Instagram post in your Instagram stories or as a post using the #SurfDiva-hashtag and the @surfdiva_official
Sweepstake ends with the end of the day on May 29th, 2020



One entry per person. Winner will be drawn on May 29th, 2020. Participants must be 13+ years old and must live in the United States. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Giveaway will be closed at 11:59pm PDT May 28th. 2020. Winners will be chosen via Google's random number generator. Winners announced May 30st, 2020. Prize will be shipped to winner by Surf Diva Inc. 

Good luck!

...if you don't feel like playing, check out the Surf Diva beach towel in our online shop HERE.

surfdiva raffle towel camp shop 

Google random number picker winner drawing and list with participants.

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