Sea Lions

Algae bloom suspected of sickening sea lions

Jul 21, 2017
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A Central Coast marine mammal center is currently treating over 20 ailing sea lions that have washed up on San Luis Obispo County beaches this week.

Shedd Aquarium

Wildlife rescue organizations are helping starving sea lion pups on the Central Coast as natural conditions continue to reduce food supply. 

NOAA Fisheries

Climate data released Thursday shows this winter's El Niño is still on track to be among the strongest ever recorded. 

Marine Mammal Center

There is a major spike in the number of starving sea lion pups showing up on Central Coast beaches. While the influx is overwhelming facilities like the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, all rescued animals are still being accepted according to spokesperson Laura Sherr.

The organization says it has rescued more than 500 animals so far this year, more than ever before in its 40 year history.