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Sick sea lions wash ashore in California; rescuers brace for bad year
Sick sea lions wash ashore in California; rescuers brace for bad year

This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion -- the third year in a row for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state. Sick, abandoned pups have shown up in alarming numbers on beaches in January. "Their growth is stunted,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. “They're basically starved to death -- no muscle, no fat, just skin and bones." But pups aren't the only ones in trouble.  California marine mammal rehabilitation centers this month have treated record numbers of sea lions of all ages. "We've had 67 strandings of sea lions of all...

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