CNN, March 21, 2013: Why are so many baby sea lions starving? [...] This is an unprecedented crisis for the species in this state says the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. [...] “So we are seeing exponentially higher numbers” [Keith Matassa, who runs the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach said]. [...] When you say off the charts, this is what you’re talking about.
CBS News, March 22, 2013: [...] 700 have been picked up over the last three months. [...] ”They’re very sick,” said Keith Matassa, who runs the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. His team is nursing 115 sea lions back to health. “A normal sea lion at this age — 8 to 9 months old — should be around 60, 70 pounds,” said Matassa. “We’re seeing them come into our center at 20 to 25 pounds, and really they look like walking skeletons.” [...] Scientists worry they’ll find even more starving sea lions in the weeks ahead. April and May are usually peak months for sea lion rescues.
Published: March 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 am ET