FOX L.A.: “Dead sea lions litter Malibu beaches, families shocked… WARNING: Graphic Images” — Babies being eaten by birds — So many 911 calls about dying animals it’s “bogging down system” — “Scientists say this year is worst in history” — Tells us “major changes are going on out in the ocean” (VIDEO)

Published: February 24th, 2015 at 10:11 am ET


FOX 11 News, Feb 23, 2015 (emphasis added): Dozens of dead Sea Lions litter Malibu beaches; families shocked — A family stumbled upon nearly 10 dead sea lions on a Malibu beach Sunday (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS STORY AND VIDEO) “We just came down the stairs and little sea lions are being washed on to shore dying,” Neda Soderqvist says… “It was devastating to see a bunch of sea lions just lying dead. It wasn’t one or two it was six or eight,” Soderqvist said to FOX 11’s Christine O’Donnell. The sight was especially difficult for her seven-year-old… “They came up and just died right in front of us,” Isabella said… Earlier in the week, Kristin Thames says stumbled across the same devastating scene… “They’re only allowed to take three sea lion pups because there’s not enough space at the rescue centers for more,” Thames said, “it’s really sad.”

Marin Independent Journal, Feb 21, 2015: “First time in our history that we have had sea lion pups here this early” [said] Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the mammal center… sea lions are a sentinel species, a canary in the coal mine. “They can tell us what is happening in the ocean and if it’s unhealthy.”

Fox News, Feb 23, 2015: A heartbreaking and troubling mystery for the third year in a row… Johnson: “They’re so thin, they’re like 15-16 pounds… they should be 30-40″… Scientists say this year is the worst in history – 10 times the normal number of strandings… Johnson: “It’s obvious that the ocean is changing, and the sea lions are sentinels of the seas. They’re telling us that there are major changes going on out there in the oceans today.

OC Register, Feb 18, 2015: Nearly 1,000 sea lion pups have been found stranded on the Southern California beaches this year, about five times higher than what caused experts to panic two years ago… Wednesday, centers reported 940 for the year… 196 sea lions were reported stranded along Southern California beaches in by the end of February 2013, the year NOAA declared an unusual mortality event

La Jolla Light, Feb 17, 2015: Concerned citizens and visitors to La Jolla’s beaches have been excessively calling 911 to report malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pups, reports San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky, which is “bogging down the system.”

Geoffrey Melendres, Feb 23, 2015: “I tried to save this one the day before yesterday … but when I looked for it yesterday I found it dead with its grieving momma.”

Unaired footage shows seagulls eating baby sea lions, Feb 15, 2015: “The seagull’s eating it!”

Please help me share this video ~ I was able to get FOX 11 news to air it, Feb 23, 2015: “Please help me spread awareness ~ our sea lions are dying by the dozens daily. Wildlife can only help rescue three a day due to nowhere to place them. I’m so sad and hopeless for these poor sea animals. The more noise we make the faster we can help.”

Source video for clips seen on FOX 11 News  here

Published: February 24th, 2015 at 10:11 am ET


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  3. FOX San Diego: Sardines, crayfish “disappeared from Pacific Ocean… they’ve just vanished” — Marine mammals starving, struggling to survive on West Coast — Strandings in past 5 weeks already exceed what’s normally seen for an entire year — “Much larger” than anything on record (VIDEOS) February 10, 2015
  4. Journalist: “Nobody even talks about Fukushima anymore… there’s almost no more fish… the ocean is dying, it’s terrifying” — Gov’t warns public to expect alarming increase in deaths on West Coast — “Fish… are just too hard to find” — “Chaos below the surface” — Official: “We are preparing for worst” (VIDEO) December 14, 2015
  5. NBC: Record level of sick or injured California seals and sea lions turning up — “The numbers are extraordinary” — “Scientists worried… The worst kind of perfect storm” — Pups should be weighing 2 or 3 times as much, “severely malnourished” (VIDEO) April 18, 2014

327 comments to FOX L.A.: “Dead sea lions litter Malibu beaches, families shocked… WARNING: Graphic Images” — Babies being eaten by birds — So many 911 calls about dying animals it’s “bogging down system” — “Scientists say this year is worst in history” — Tells us “major changes are going on out in the ocean” (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Fukushima Diary has an update on this food story in Japan, but this is the official release from All Nippon Airways:

    SP: Yummy! Tasty baby peaches and beef steaks from the radiation hellhole known as Fukushima Prefecture!

    Served up to local and international travelers at Nippon Airways lounges and flights.

    Please can and preserve a few tons of Fukushima peach jelly so in case everyone is dead in Fukushima by 2020 they can serve commemorative jellie jars at the 2020 Hunger Games in Tokyo!

    Sayonara baby!

    • Speedy

      I sent an email to the Olympic committee expressing my concern with Japan spending millions on the 2020 Olympics instead of doing everything possible to stop the ongoing disaster at Fukushima. Please take a moment and give it a shot.. be that squeaky wheel…

  • My family and I live in San Diego
    and visit the La Jolla Cove regularly.

    The marine life looks remarkably abundant and frankly quite healthy.

    With more numbers will come more

    But otherwise, of course, I wouldn't be able to say anything as to the
    health of the environment (except obviously it's getting more acid, and warmer, with the concomitant
    infinity of progressive epidemiologic changes.)

  • Kevin Blanch has been to San Diego and reported that there is a large reduction in sea life that he has noticed. He has been down there often.

    Maybe he is looking at a much wider area?

    Maybe there is a small bright spot in a larger area of decline?

    Same thing in BC; there are small areas where it seems more 'normal' but overall it looks really bad.

    Have you traveled up and down the coast a couple hundred miles?

  • Fox San Diego, Jan 27, 2015 (emphasis added): SeaWorld rescue teams have taken in more than 50 baby sea lions stranded on San Diego shores… “Their skin is so loose hanging off them, it looks like they’re wearing pajamas” [said SeaWorld's] Jody Wetberg…

    Has anyone been counting sea lion populations in the San Diego area?

    It seems like the mass die off problem is in San Diego as well as other areas of the west coast.

  • More bad news for San Diego

    Sea Star Die-Off Reaches San Diego | KPBS

    Jun 19, 2014 – A massive sea star die-off that started last year along a northern section of the West Coast has spread to San Diego. Some researchers are …
    Mystery Disease Causes Sea Star Die-Off Along West Coast ……/mystery-disease-causes-massive-sea-star-die-alon...

    Dec 24, 2013 – Sea stars along the West Coast are being wiped out by a mysterious disease. There's no evidence of the die-off in San Diego yet, but researchers say it … from logs submitted by researchers, divers, and the general public.
    Wasting "Zombie" Sea Stars Found in San Diego | NBC 7 ……/Wasting-Zombie-Sea-Stars-Found-in-Sa...

    Jun 21, 2014 – Researchers are concerned about more sea stars dying off in this manner. … More sea stars are expected to die off in th

  • Sickputer

    It's not just pollution that is wiping out California ocean fish. The drought and irrigation activities are to blame, especially in the American River in northern California:

    "American River steelhead run is worst on record"
    by Dan Bacher
    Thursday Feb 19th, 2015

    Excerpt: "During 2013 and early 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation drained Folsom to a record low level of 17 percent of capacity in order to export water to corporate agribusiness, Southern California water agencies and big oil companies. The Bureau did this in spite of it being a record drought year. Nimbus Dam releases were reduced to 500 cfs during most of the steelhead season last year.

    “The steelhead died for a noble cause – almonds," quipped Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).

    "California's almond orchards use almost 9 percent of the state's agricultural water supply, or about 3.5 million acre feet," according to Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN. "That's enough water to supply the domestic needs of the Los Angeles Basin and metropolitan San Diego combined – about 75 percent of the state's population."

    "… surveys show that population indices of Delta smelt, striped bass, longfin smelt, threadfin shad, American shad and Sacramento splittail have declined 97.80%, 99.70%, 99.98%, 97.80%, 91.90%, and 98.50%…

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Sickputer, I must say I enjoy your input, you dig good and deep. 🙂

      Similar problems all through the N.West, the fact our blind butts can see something is wrong, likely means it is too fukuing late.

      We are experiencing a Failure to be pro-active, and it continues. SOAB

      Now in the 'react' mode, we will have some interesting challenges.

      Existing 100 years on from now, will be one of them.

    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      I've noticed that many of the almonds sold in the market are pock-marked with spots where the skin is absent. I wonder why that is.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    They may have drained them to dump all the Manmade Nuclear Radiation Contamination happening too in the rains overhead after 2011.

    I wrote them a letter letting them know that all the water supplies and soils were now contaminated and draining them may have been their decision and solution and only way for most of it to disappear.. 🙂

    Little did they or I know that the Fukushima problem will now be for an eternity! 🙁

    Best to shut them all down.. now! 🙂

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Administration: An article from 2/12 about the USS Ronald Reagan thyroid cases is not posted on your Facebook page. I was hoping to repost it. Could you help a brother out?

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    When we consider that the contamination is ongoing and worsening and is likely to continue for years it makes the fate of the Pacific look particularly bleak. When we listen to scientists and medical doctors obfuscate the situation by leaving radionuclides out of the discussion it becomes wretched.

  • Nick

    Radiation is not a concern for the LA Times….

    "Concentrations of radioactive cesium from the nuclear plant that were detected in the tissue of bluefin tuna, which migrate from waters near Japan across the Pacific to the coast of California and Mexico, were very low to begin with and have been falling since 2011, said Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine science at Stony Brook University.

    "The dose is measurable but it's extremely low," said Fisher, an expert on marine radioactivity.

    Even at its worst in the months after the disaster, the dose of radioactivity that Fisher's lab found in tuna caught off California was far lower than what people are exposed to from medical X-rays or eating bananas or other potassium-rich foods, which contain naturally occurring radioactive isotopes."

  • Socrates

    I went to tide pools looking for sea life that is typical along the beaches in Southern California. I looked in Del Mar and at Torrey Pines State Reserve.

    I have been living on the beach in California in Belmonte Shores, Long Beach beginning in 1955 and in Malibu, California from 1973 to 1979, and in San Diego since 1983 until present. I also dived and surfed up and down both coasts, the Channel Islands, Hawaii, Costa Rico the Caribbean, and elsewhere.

    I do NOT see shells on the beach in San Diego. No sea urchins in tide pools. Few mussels, no little fish caught in tide pools, no crabs.

    As waves crash on the beach, I could always see trails in the water made by antennae of little buried sand crabs as the water withdrew to the ocean. No more!

    I smelled the Sulphur-35 at Scripps Pier a few years back when it was measured.

    We are living in a post-apocalyptical world. We will date geological time as being pre-Fukushima or post-Fukushima. Yeah, I know a guy was hanged on a cross but so were we. We count, too.

    No use taking children to the tide pools that are barren of life. If tide pools in La Jolla are lifeless, is it any wonder that sealion pups die?

    I really do not need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows. As a paleontologist, I studied too much Miocene fossils to be fooled by corporate shills. The power of common observation reveals no life practically. What caused that?

    • Socrates

      We are in the Sixth Great Extinction. The causes are multi-factorial. Methane is venting up through large calderons on the land and bubbling up the rough fissures on the ocean floor. The atmosphere and oceans are vast dumping grounds. This century alone, the population of humans gas tripled. There are earth-sun interactions and anthropogenic climate change. Ozone layers provide less protection. Plastics, heavy metals,fertilizers, persticides, nuclear waste, overfishing, bottom-scraping: the fossil record of the Anthropocene will show how industrialization ruined the planet. Radiation is ONE CAUSE. Get real. Acidification is caused by coal. Now we have fracking. Just say goodbye to the ecosystem. Einstein said that when the bees were gone and nuclear advanced, that would be the real Endtimes. I think he is right. If we did not bring that about one way, we would have done it in another, or nature would take us out.

    • i too have lived in san diego county for 25 years, and agree with all socrates stated about the health of the tide pools.

  • Angela_R

    The following was a heading on an article published on December 19, 2009
    Humans blamed: Earth on track for mass extinction, scientists say
    read here:

    Until a discussion with two twenty years olds recently, I had missed hearing about the large number of young people desirous of leaving planet Earth.
    More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return
    “Within days of launching its astronaut selection process Mars One had received tens of thousands of applications from people all over the world. After paying an application fee and going through four rounds of a selection process, 40 candidate will undergo full training. It will be up to the audience to vote for the final four – two men and two women – who will hopefully be on their way to a new life on Mars.”
    “Many of the applicants so far for the Mars One mission have come from America and also China where space and clean air is becoming increasingly scarce.”

    What I also found very sad was, that these two young people understood the reasoning behind an attempt at the colonization of Mars.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Wait until they start flying drones over all Nuclear Power Plants everyday worldwide..won't be able to stop them. 🙁

    Shut all these Nuclear Environmental Disasters waiting to happen in your neighborhood down..all of them! 🙂

    We certainly are running out of time!

  • califnative califnative

    Over 16,000 views on Dead Sea Lions Litter Malibu Beach so far today. Which beach is next 🙁

  • alasanon

    Think of the impact on those pricey, dazzling S. California Property Values??!!…

    I've been trying to warn people I know who own those coveted coastal homes there for 3-4 years now!!… It did not sink in-?? Is there NO commonsense??!…

    It is obviously THE JAPANESE FUKUSHIMA RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION that has poured into the Pacific Ocean!! Tragic Effects!…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Debris is still coming across the ocean," Chapman said. "We know there is this conveyor of species from Asia land on our shores. We've found parasites inside mussels that came across, mussels themselves that are strange, and oysters with parasites that have never been seen before, even in Asia. We're worried."

    Fish native to Japanese water found in Oregon crab pot
    Feb 26 2015

    Never seen before ..even in Asia.
    Oh ..come on.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "oysters with parasites that have never been seen before"

    Then tell..

  • Sickputer

    The "invasive species" threat Chapman worries about pales in comparison to the real threat…invisible radiation gushing nonstop into the east side Pacific port at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

    If we had anybody with integrity in government office they would be arming these science guys with geiger counters. Good luck in finding an honest politician. They all have a tramp stamp SE tattooed on their left wrist (Special Interests).

    Bought and paid for for their million dollar lifestyle. Health be damned for them, their family, and everyone they represent. I call them the Midas bunch.

    • Sickputer

      Typo Correction…the metaphorical tattoo is SI.

      Could stand for Stupid Idiots also.

      They sold their souls for money. Nucleoape whores.

      On second thought that is an insult (whores) to professions far more valuable to humanity than crooked politicians.

      Give the nucleoapes another acronym tattoo on their tongue so we can see their crimes when they speak….MER (Mother Earth Rapers).

      Maybe we can get Arlo to write a new song about the nucleoapes:

      "On Group W bench there was all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly-lookin' people on the bench there .
      . . there was… father-stabbers . . . father-rapers…Mother-Earth Rapers…

      MOTHER-EARTH RAPERS sittin' right there on the bench next to me!"

  • Nick

    The demise of marine life should be raising all kinds of alarms up and down the West Coast.

    I suggest (as I have done before) that some entities who make their livelihood in Silicon Valley get cracking and ignite a social media fire that FLOODS the airwaves with data and personal observations about the decline in marine species.

    Or are ALL of you Silicon Valley techies too wedded to your cozy jobs to actually rock the boat?

    Time's up folks. I expect nothing less.

  • maybesomeday

    January 25, 2015. Sea World veternarian Dr. Hendrick Nollens: "This year could be a perfect storm. An El Nino climate event affecting the females and yearlings and SOMETHING STILL UNEXPLAINED affecting the skinny pups." Another vet there, Lauren Palmer: "The difference is we're not just seeing little pups. Females and yearlings are coming in with respiratory issues and ELEVATED ABNORMALITIES IN THEIR BLOOD WORK. It's really hard to wrap our head around the story of what's happening."

  • It's time to contact every organized eco group's admin. Thre are hundreds, if not thousands that mention some causes but not the big fat radiation factor. They have members, activists and people who already support their work and trust what they say about sea life. We need to widen there scope. Here's a good one to try to enlighten. They're actually asking for thoughts.

    The whole long link if needed.

  • skeil909

    I was up in Cambria/San Simeon, CA back in late January to early February 2015. The elephant seal population looked good. They and their pups, hundreds and hundreds of them, "appeared" to be doing well. One thing I did notice though, tidal pool life was seriously lacking. Didn't see hardly any sea anemones, limpets, muscles, crabs, starfish, etc. Areas that used to be covered by those were barren! Here is some elephant seal video I took.

    • Thanks much for the report. I'm always hoping that some species somewhere is finding enough food, even though we know how the bio accumulation works for the predators higher in the chain.

      I feel like there will some interactive supply and demand rhythms playing out for years and years.

  • dan dan

    "Scientists say this year is worst in history"
    Give it a few more years boys. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

    Where the seals are littering the beaches this year, so will be people.

  • demise demise

    Nobody wants to call it what it is, the death of the Pacific Ocean. It is happening right before our eyes and nobody wants to say the unthinkable, if the Pacific Ocean eco-system is so damaged that we are seeing mass extinctions seemly every week, then our largest supply of food is basically gone. The global affects of this will be unrecoverable financial damage and quality of life, i.e. the dark ages.

    Add to this the massive debt bubble that is about to burst and the extreme drought in four major(highly populated) regions in the world and the dominos will start falling soon.

    There is nothing do can do or hide from this after the first domino falls because the collapse will be fast and painful.

    • SadieDog

      "I could see his hip bones jutting out through his skin. I could see his entire rib cage when he was on his side, very skinny," described Dana Feldman of Marina del Rey."

  • SadieDog

    Sea lion rescuers overwhelmed by numbers of sick animals…

  • We Not They Finally

    everybody great news…The treasonous actions of the REpublican Senators may well ruin their chances next election. First stop is Netanyaho finished???..The new york post and Forbes and others are horrified by the idiotic treasonous actions of the republican senators who are self destroying…Iran immediately replied that the repubs dont know what they are talking about…

    • We Not They Finally

      (his other half): We DO care about the dead and dying sea lions. Just a little (possibly irrational) exhuberance seized the moment. An overdue political firestorm. Just still not clear that ANYONE in office is, can, or willing be rescuing the ecology.

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