Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Out for a Swim

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Sea lion at Santa Cruz. Sad story happening with the pups this year:

In recent months, more than 1,000 starving baby sea lions have been found on Southern California beaches, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just declared the crisis an "unusual mortality event."

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"To date [since Jan. 1], we're at 1,100 California sea lion admits to rehabilitation, and the historical average for the same time period is about 130," says Sarah Wilkin, a marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The best they can figure is no food - and they don't know why the fish that these babies eat are gone. Add this to the manatee die-off in Florida, and it's been a rough year so far for our sea friends....