Are California’s Starving Sea Lions Latest Victims of Climate Catastrophe?

By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams – Unusually warm waters off the California coast are causing the highest number of sea lion pup strandings over the past decade, scientists say, raising concerns about the long-term effects of climate change and rising ocean temperatures on the species’ survival. According to The New York Times, which reported on the sad phenomenon on Thursday: Many of the pups are leaving the Channel Islands, an eight-island chain off the Southern California coast, in a desperate search for food. But they are too young to travel far, dive deep or truly hunt on their own, scientists said. This year, animal rescuers are reporting five times more sea lion rescues than normal — 1,100 last month alone. The pups are turning up under fishing piers and in backyards, along inlets and on rocky cliffs. One was found curled up in a flower pot. “The environment is changing too rapidly,”...

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