Starving sea lions are washing ashore by the hundreds in California.
Scientists suspect an unusually high water temperture as the cause for this massive environmental problem!
An epidemic of starvation struck Southern California’s baby sea lions last February. Although some have died, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center is nursing many of them back to health.
Rescued sea lions recuperated at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., last month. In a normal January, animal rescuers will find about 20 to 40 stranded sea lions. This year, they reported 250.
Experts suspect that unusually warm ocean waters are driving fish and other food sources away from the coastal islands where sea lions breed and wean their young every year. As the mothers leave the islands to spend more and more time foraging for food, hundreds of starving pups are swimming away and end up starving along the Californian coast.