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Starving Baby Sea Lions Flood Southern California Shores


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, deaths, suffering )

Cher
- 625 days ago - npr.org
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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Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:24 pm
What can I say? the picture and story are heartbreaking.
 

Nyack Clancy (453)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:34 pm
noted
 

bilja c. (48)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:14 pm
horrible.broke heart of any animal lover.
 

tasunka m. (338)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:36 pm
noted.read this last week
many dead ones washed ashore,went to the town sea lion (lobos de marinos) dock, they weren't there
supposed to be a lot of big ones there,
yesterday there were some right in the marina about a ton each!
ty Cher
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:58 pm
sadly noted
 

Julie E. (372)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:00 pm

Yes, heartbreaking.
Can we call this man a hero? I am - Peter Wallerstein, Marine Animal Rescue director for Friends of Animals
for doing what he can, helping these sick seal pups.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (149)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:10 pm
Horrible, sad heartbreaking as already stated above, Noted, Thanks, Cher
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (163)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:30 pm
Sadly Noted. Thanks Cher.
 

Sara V. (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:36 pm
There's no point in saving the seal pups if there is no food for them. Population increases and decreases happen - look at the lynx and the hare for example. If there are boom years, the next one busts. It's wasted effort putting off the inevitable.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:44 pm
No one in their right mind wants an animal to suffer. Everyday there is new story about a sea lion crisis. Many of us don't live on the West Coast. What can we do? I want all wild animals to survive except for those that are invasive species. I hope no one thinks that sea lions are invasive species because that is not the case. It's really a crisis.There must be solution to save sea lions at his point in time.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:47 pm
Horrible, one man cannot do this, is there no place where they can be fed until strong enough to go back into the ocean? Why don't they have something like a breeding station to keep them temporatily..? anyway this means no good for the ocean, alarming signs.
 

Mary R. (258)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:24 pm
SEA WORLD IS RESCUING A LOT OF THEM HERE IN SAN DIEGO. THEY WILL KEEP THEM UNTIL THEY ARE HEALTHY AND STRONG THEN RELEASE THEM BACK TO THE OCEAN WHEN THEY ARE A LITTLE OLDER. THEY SAY THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING FOOD BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO YOUNG AND HAVEN'T LEARNED HOW TO FIND ENOUGH FOOD WITHOUT THEIR MOTHERS HELP AFTER BEING WEANED. ITS BIRTHING TIME NOW SO YOU SEE THE MOTHERS BUSY WITH THEIR NEW BORN BABIES SWIMMING AROUND. WE HAVE AN AREA WHERE WE CAN WATCH THEM UP CLOSE . I HOPE THINGS WILL IMPROVE SOON FOR ALL THE SEAL PUPS THAT ARE NOW ON THERE OWN.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:44 pm
For all the misdirected criticism thrown at them, Sea Wold does a LOT of good!
 

Constance F. (431)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:21 pm
This is not about a natural ebb and flow of population. NOAA Fisheries Southwest Regional Stranding Coordinator, said the origin is still unknown, but the agency is working with a number of hypothesis, including changing environmental conditions that limit prey availability, infectious disease, biotoxins and pollution. And I will add unsustainable fishing practices so the humans can gorge on their food supply. Other marine rescues are also stepping up to the plate, like Marine Mammal Center - and people could consider dropping them a dime. Sea world doesn't need the extra bucks.

 

Helen Porter (40)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:51 pm
Driven from their own environment by hunger and monster nets, must they die as refugees?
 

Constance F. (431)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:32 am
Another point is that adult seals can forage much greater distances for food - in that, it is essential that we do all we can to help the pups grow up to a point wherein they have the strength to do so. To suggest there is no point in helping them is a shallow perspective. If it was so pointless, I am certain marine biologist would not be doing so.
 

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:24 am
So sad. Humans overfish and leave nothing for the seals, penquins and other aquatic anmals to eat. Pollution and global warming are destroying the planet.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:38 am
Poor little angels.
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:33 am
Hopefully they will get to the bottom of why this is happening. I say polluted waters!
 

mary S. (11)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 9:10 am
So so sad !!
 

Donna Hamilton (152)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 9:54 am
Sadly noted. Thanks, Cher.
 

Marlene Dinkins (245)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:07 pm
Sadly noted !!!!!poor babies !!!!!! i do not know what to say!!!!! its heart breaking!!!!!!
 

michelle t. (41)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:32 pm
This is very distressing.Poor seals
 

Shanti S. (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:27 pm
Thank you.
 

Christine Stewart (133)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:06 pm
The should stop all commercial fishing for forage fish in hopes the food supply for these poor seals will increase.
 

Mary R. (258)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:28 pm
THE LOCAL NEWS JUST REPORTED THAT SEA WORLD SAN DIEGO HAS RESCUED OVER 300 SEAL PUPS THIS YEAR AND ARE NURSING THEM ALL BACK TO HEALTH AND TODAY THEY RELEASED 8 HEALTHY WELL FED PUPS BACK TO THE OCEAN.
 

Beth M. (244)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:07 pm
I know why. Humans. Glad to see that some of them are being rescued by Sea World with the intent to release them back to the wild.
 

. (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:39 pm
Simply horrible. That poor little face is heartbreaking
 
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