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Record Number of Sea Lion Pups Washing Up in California

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 05:25 PM

California is facing a sea lion crisis, with a record number of starving sea lion pups washing up on California beaches since the beginning of the year.

More than 1,450 sea lion pups have been found on California's beaches, in public restrooms, around buildings and near railroad tracks in January and February alone, and the situation is overwhelming animal rescue units, the Sacramento Bee reported.

This is a massively huge increase over the 68 sea lion pups found on California's shore during the first two months of 2014.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marine biologists and climate scientists fault an increase in warm water along the West Coast, forcing sea lion mothers to have to travel farther from their pups to hunt for fish for food than normally necessary. As a result, they are gone longer than the typical two to three days. The mothers are now gone eight to nine days.

This leaves the pups behind to either starve and die or try to go find their own food, in which they end up adrift along the shore because they are not yet strong enough or prepared for the journey.

"These are pups that should be nursing on their mothers," said Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of the veterinary science department at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

"They're (arriving) extremely emaciated. They have no energy stores. They’re just skin and bones, wasting away and on the brink of death," Johnson added.

There are a total of seven marine rescue centers where the captured sea lion pups are brought, including the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center in Del Norte County and SeaWorld in San Diego.

SeaWorld announced on March 6 that it was temporarily suspending its sea lion and otter show for two weeks to have more personnel available to help out with the rescue effort, the Los Angeles Times reported.

SeaWorld alone has rescued 400 sea lions since the beginning of 2015, which is double the amount it typically rescues in a single year. The marine life amusement park said that it's in the process of erecting two temporary pools for the sea lions.

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