Sea lion pups beaching on Southern Calif. shores at rate more than 5 times higher than average

April 17, 2013 8:37 PM

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Sea lion pups beaching on Southern Calif. shores at rate more than 5 times higher than average

LOS ANGELES – Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why, officials said Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,293 emaciated sea lions found stranded on beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara have been treated at seven facilities in the state, Sarah Wilkin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said during a conference call with reporters.

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