Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


What about all the California sea lion pups dying on California beaches?

Between 2013 and 2015, record numbers of sea lion pups were found starving and dying on mainland beaches in California. This was caused by the disruptive effects of El Nino on their food supply and normal prey base near the sea lions’ Channel Island rookeries. Meanwhile, thousands of juvenile sea lions moved north to find food in Oregon and Washington waters, dramatically boosting their presence in the Columbia River. In March 2016, a record 3,800 California sea lions were counted at the Astoria Mooring Basin alone. 

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14th of March, 2016