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Number of abandoned, starving sea lion pups climbs
Number of abandoned, starving sea lion pups climbs

The California sea lion crisis has deepened as the number of abandoned, sickly pups continues to increase and the Pacific Ocean becomes warmer. To date, nearly 1,800 sea lions found stranded on California beaches have been admitted to rehabilitation centers statewide, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Mammal Laboratory. Currently, 750 California sea lions are being cared for at the centers. The mammals are mostly 9 months old, dehydrated and underweight for their age. “What’s scary is that we don’t know when this will end,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine...