On Wednesday, a young and emaciated sea lion was rescued from Skyline Boulevard, a major San Francisco thoroughfare. The yearling was 1,000 feet from the ocean and more than 50 pounds under weight. The two numbers are a testament to the desperation that are driving hundreds of young sea lions, sick and starving, to California's beaches this winter.
"These pups come in very underweight, and malnourished," Yvette Koth told the San Francisco Chronicle. Koth is a spokesperson for the Marine Mammal Center, which has shouldered much of the rescue duty in Northern California.