NOAA Blames Warming Ocean for Sick Sea Lions

March 18, 2015 1:34 AM

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NOAA Blames Warming Ocean for Sick Sea Lions

Those starving sea lion pups off California may be signs of a drastically warming Pacific Ocean, according to a finding in a newly released fisheries report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report says dying sea lions off California and starving seabirds off Oregon and Washington may mark a large-scale shift in the Pacific Ocean. NOAA fisheries say the trend is toward much warmer and less productive waters.

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