Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday…

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Why Hundreds of Starving Sea Lion Pups Are Washing Up in California, The Time

Spike in Sick Sea Lions Along Calif. Coast Puzzles Scientists, LiveScience (04-04-2013)
Beginning in January 2013, elevated strandings of California sea lion pups have been observed in Southern California (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties). The area with the highest reported stranding rates is currently Los Angeles County, followed by Orange County, and strandings are increasing in San Diego County…