They are great in number and all of them have been sick and starving. Sea lion pups have been turning up on California beaches this year and they have left scientists struggling to explain a third deadly winter for the pinnipeds. Around 250 frail pups, that were 7 months olds mostly, were rescued from San Diego to San Francisco Bay in January. The pups, no doubt, should be nursing with their mothers in the Channel Islands or Mexico in spite of starving on the California mainland.
The number of sea lions who have already been rescued exceeds the number of 2013 in the same period.