TV: Historic number of sea lions washing up in S. California — Has reached “epidemic proportions” — Center declares state of emergency — Feds: “There’s something going on oceanographically” (VIDEO)

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NBC News, March 16, 2013: Along Southern California’s pristine coastline, ailing sea lions are turning up in record numbers. “We have a lot of little pups this year,” said veterinarian Lauren Palmer [...] Usually, around this time of year, there might be a dozen sick sea lions in San Pedro, said David Bard, operations director for the San Pedro Marine Mammal Care Center. But so far, the care center has taken in nearly 200 and counting. Last week alone, there were 50 new cases. [...] Last week, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach declared their organization in a “state of emergency” as it continues to see an onslaught of California sea lion pups in need of medical attention.

CBS Los Angeles, March 12, 2013: Marine Mammal Center Declares State Of Emergency For Sea Lion Pups [...] “It’s absolutely in crisis mode in our center, there are currently 88 marine mammals being treated there,” said head of development Melissa Sciacca [...] Sciacca also says that most of the sea lion pups are coming ashore severely malnourished and dehydrated, and that the problem has reached “epidemic proportions” along the Orange County coast.

KPCC, March 12, 2013: “The overall numbers we’re seeing this year are just very, very elevated,” said Sarah Wilkin, who studies sea lion populations for the National Marine Fishery Service for California. “For these facilities to be so overwhelmed at this time of year is very strange.” This is typically the slow season for stranded sea lions, according to Wilkin. Not this year.

NBC 7 San Diego, March 12, 2013: “We don’t know what the problem is now,” said Susan Chivers, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. [...] Chivers said marine mammal experts are beginning to discuss the problem and gather data to try and better understand why the pups are dying. [...] “There’s something going on oceanographically that there’s not sufficient food available for the moms to nurse their pups or the pups, as they’re starting to eat on their own, to find,” said Chivers.

OC Register, March 11, 2013: If the pace of stranded sea lions remains at roughly nine times more than normal [...] “There’s really not any indication that it’s slowing down,” [Pacific Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Melissa] Sciacca said.

Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, March 11, 2013: Center: Surge of sea lions leads to state of emergency [...] The Pacific Marine Mammal Center declared a state of emergency Monday due to the influx of malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pups coming ashore on Orange County beaches. The facility on Laguna Canyon Road – the only marine mammal care center for Orange County – admitted 18 sea lions Saturday and Sunday. Twelve came in on Saturday, the largest single-day total in the center’s 42-year history, according to a press release. [...] The [Marine Mammal Care Center at] Fort MacArthur center is the one facility for all of Los Angeles County and is experiencing a similar surge in admitted sea lion pups. The center has taken in more than 280 animals since the beginning of the year, said director David Bard.

NBC News: “There is apparently a good supply of things like squid and sardines, and the fish that these animals normally eat.” -Expert

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  • We Not They Finally

    We need a little less of oxymoronic news, like NBC with that there's "a good supply of… the fish that these [starving!!] animals normally eat." The animals are STARVING. So either THEY are sick or the fish they usually eat are contaminated. Is it too much for newspeople to voice a single sentence of logic, instead of waiting for what they are supposed to say?


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      spot on We Not They Finally. It's obvious they're grasping for straws; anything to deflect the public's attention from the global destruction that's being unleashed upon us all…


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      • and.Truth4All and.Truth4All

        Why are they NOT telling us what IS wrong with them? Like where are their Mothers? "Food Related" "Malnourished"… That is Not Normal. Where are the Mothers? Maybe dead or maybe what they would normally eat is dead.. A little too much Fuk for all those Fish.. And WHY don't they ever tell us 'What' all the Fish Die from when 1000's are washed up on the shores somewhere? You know they have to be cutting them up and looking for themselves. Somebody Knows What is going on.. Those are the people we need to find.

        And.Truth4All


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    • and.Truth4All and.Truth4All

      Why are they NOT telling us what IS wrong with them? Like where are their Mothers? "Food Related" "Malnourished"… That is Not Normal. Where are the Mothers? Maybe dead or maybe what they would normally eat is dead.. A little too much Fuk for all those Fish.. And WHY don't they ever tell us 'What' all the Fish Die from when 1000's are washed up on the shores somewhere? You know they have to be cutting them up and looking for themselves. Somebody Knows What is going on.. Those are the people we need to find.

      And.Truth4All


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Nature knows what we've done…


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Wood's Hole just reassured us that Pacific Ocean radiation levels don't pose any real danger to humans. Here's the only things the radiation *might* affect:

    - Cyanobacteria in the millimeter thick ocean-air interface and the carbohydrates and lipids that form the base of that film.

    - Everything living thing above that

    - Everything living thing below that

    - Everything living thing within 10 miles of shore

    Relax – no immediate danger to man.


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    • crystalwind crystalwind

      Wow, thanks, Paveway. That's a relief.
      Actually, I wondered, it says the pups were born last June. I wonder what happened between June and now that wiped out the parents?


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        hate to say it crystalwind, but I suspect we're seeing the first obvious signs of a massive ocean die-off. Long before Fukushima, others warned that humanity's use of the ocean as both toilet and mismanaged food source would stress it's bio-system to the breaking point. I fear this recent dumping of hundreds-of-millions of gallons Fukushima's highly radioactive effluent may have tipped the region into a death spiral. If this is the case (and I sincerely hope it's not), then we're looking at a tsunami of death that will eventually engulf all life on this planet…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      brilliant PavewayIII…


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    • We Not They Finally

      The Woods Hole guy (Ken Buessler)might want to consider that no, humans don't swim in most of the Pacific Ocean, but are at least "sort of" affected by like…. THE FOOD CHAIN OF THE ENTIRE ECOOLOGY??!! Like what is wrong with these people, and why do they think that we are swallowing what "experts" like him feed us?


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Buessler's WHOI study was to determine the level of radioactive contamination in the open sea – miles from the Japanese coast. The study wasn't trying to prove anything about effects – they wanted to see what ended up where by last July well off the coast of Fukushima. It's data, not a conclusion.

        Buessler responded to questions about what the numbers mean. He stated that the fish they found in their study were safe to eat using current guidelines, and Fukushima radiation levels in the ocean were not nearly at the drinking water action levels.

        He's a real scientist, not a Google scientist like me. When the Pacific starts dying off, he can't just say "Well, it's obvious the radiation spread out in 2011 and started killing everything". The study didn't find numbers supporting such a simple, direct conclusion. That doesn't mean the Pacific is NOT dying off, just that it's more complicated than a swath of cesium-poisoned dead fish lined up from Fukushima to San Diego.


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  • David Krug David Krug

    I believe it actually could very well be underwater volcanic activity that we may not be aware of. That would definitely kill a lot of animals.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      interesting thought David Krug. Problem is, these animals would be going to the depths required to elude current detection technologies. This species of mammal is unable to swim thousands of feet deep. They normally stay close to the surface and along coastal regions. As such, they'd also know if there were such massive eruptions that to lead to such dire conditions for these animals…


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    • pcjensen

      ohhhhh… what if there's been an increase in some gas (methane or other, perhaps oil derived chemicals) from beneath the sea-floor in areas where the earths crust has been fractured by fracking? But, also not to forget the chemical soup BP dumped into the gulf and other toxic spews around the world.


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      • pcjensen

        and not to forget the impact of geoengineering chemicals sprayed over earth….


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        • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

          Also, don't forget U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force activities around U.S. coastlines. Check out this SoCal testing map:

          http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/sites/default/files/image/us_navy/17_1_2012_U.S._Navy_HSTT_Hawaii-Southern_California_Range_Map_May_11_2012.pdf

          From,
          http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/content/us-navy-pacific-warfare-testing-ranges

          NOAA Fisheries Permits (in progress),
          http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm#applications

          Article (2009),
          Search: 'Naval War Games Threaten Traquility On Lost Coast'

          Seems to be many authorized paths for the 'taking of marine mammals' lives, excepting areas where there are pups that war games/testing may cause anything short of an extinction event for the species. Are there objective, marine mammal 'spotting' professionals on board the ships, who will avert a testing exercise when one or two pups are spotted? Doubtful.

          Welcome to your tax dollars at work for the military-industrial complex! Besides sonar-blast-chemicals testing, nuclear-energy activities will lead the defense pack by killing the most marine mammals, fish, and plankton in the Pacific Ocean by radiation! All this global 'taking' for NOTHING! :/


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        • Vigilant Observer Vigilant Observer

          Yes indeed. Those Chemtrails are poisoning EVERTHING..but i really think it very well could be the disastrous radiation from Fukishima beginning to show us what we are about to realize. This may become something we never dreamed in our worst nightmares. Just wait until the miles and miles of toxic junk begins to come ashore..some of it sinks,yet it is poisoning the water. I find it very coincidental that every fast food chain is pushing fish sandwiches on their commercials lately. People do not eat that! Please!


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          • Au Au

            Fuku can't be stopped but this damn chemtrailing can be stopped. People who are involved in this from the making of the equipment, to the mixing of the batches of this toxic sh!t, to the pilots who are spraying us, to the trucks that transport it to the airports and to the military air bases, to those companies that set up the money collecting (in some obscure way- probably some tax in our energy bill that generates a NEVER ENDING supply of millions of dollars. I'd even say it's in the billions of dollars.), they are ALL guilty of being traitors to their fellow man. No. I take that back. They are traitors to every living thing on earth.

            Just think of how many billions of tons of this toxic spray is produced, Think of the cost of all of these jumbo jets. Think of the cost to fuel all of these jumbo jets that fly 24/7 all over the globe. These pilots know what they are doing. All I can say is Karma.

            On the other hand, there is never any money to do anything good for mankind. Nope, gotta close down schools. Nope, gotta cut down the fire fighters force. Gotta run insurance scams that rarely pay the damn bills, etc.
            Have to close down radiation monitoring…

            Disgusting.


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  • Hawaii can get a little hot, David, but there's nothing off the US west coast that's glowing hot – you can spot it on IR satellite.
    Wish it would show the Radiation, many Americans would march on GE and lynch them.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    I would venture a guess there may be a connection between these sick sea lions and the dolphin mega pod formation. A little too coincidental for me to completely ignore.


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    • We Not They Finally

      What is that about?


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      • Anthony Anthony

        Nature is a clear communicator and truthful. I don't know what it exactly means but we are also talking about two of the smartest marine MAMMALS here. You cant say they are both dying, there's been no update on what happened to the megapod. It seems to me if any sea animal was to reflect, to us, there is a problem in the water and the world, I would expect to see a congregation of dolphins, there for discussion among themselves like animals do or simply to get our attention about something in the water. My deepest hunch is methane or other underwater situation perhaps we are not aware or knowledgeable about. What I know for sure is that the pod collected FOR SOME REASON. I also imagine these two species eat similar foods. I know for sure that truckloads of any baby animal floating in sick and dying is a most serious sign in life and science.


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  • khoessel

    Wouldn't it be wise to check the sea lion populations and activities in other coastal locales, such as along the Alaskan Coast, which receives its share of Fuku swill?
    And again, I would like to reiterate the importance of taking the issue to the highest levels, internationally, and demand Japan re-direct the flow back into it's own storage containers. I realize that they don't have adequate facility at this point, but that will have to be developed asap and, at any expense (theirs primarily). The Ocean should not be a disposal or toilet for these poisons that have been so irresponsibly produced and are now being released at will. And this goes for any nation, including the USA, which is complicitous in all of this because it has not cried out with utmost rage from the very first days of 3/11, when, after having sent the aircraft carrier into the region to "help," it pulled away to save itself!! What of the rest of the story? The foul activity was just getting underway and until the continual spilling of these radionuclides from the Fuku site is stopped, it will only get worse for everything from plankton to whales. Speaking of whales – I don't believe it's too late! Jonah was sent to Nineveh to announce ruin. He went the other way and got swallowed by a whale, who spewed him out. He went to Nineveh and they had a change of heart! Now we have an industry that thinks it can swallow a whale!


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  • “We don’t know what the problem is now,” said Susan Chivers, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Would you be willing to hazard a guess Susan? You know, scientific method and all (form a hypothesis).


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  • "Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander away beyond the stars. They are soon forgotten and never return. Our dead never forget this beautiful world that gave them being. They still love its verdant valleys, its murmuring rivers, its magnificent mountains, sequestered vales and verdant lined lakes and bays, and ever yearn in tender fond affection over the lonely hearted living, and often return from the happy hunting ground to visit, guide, console, and comfort them."

    –Chief Seattle


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  • Radiation never mentioned. – ?

    I read through each of the articles above.

    The articles NEVER mention the possibility of radioactive contamination from fallout or debris fields.

    Determining if radiation is directly or 'indirectly' the cause of suffering may be difficult to prove.


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  • Our only hope, is to listen to Chief Seattle, and listen hard:

    "Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. Even the rocks, which seem to be dumb and dead as the swelter in the sun along the silent shore, thrill with memories of stirring events connected with the lives of my people, and the very dust upon which you now stand responds more lovingly to their footsteps than yours, because it is rich with the blood of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch."

    –Chief Seattle


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    remember the mass fish die off a few months ago. Millions of dead fish in the harbor. Then the squid. Only a scientific idiot could help thinking there could be a connection to sea lion starvation. Here is the reality…the state of mankind; It will take us as long to figure out what has gone wrong with the oceans as its taking them to discover cause and cure for cancer. (war on cancer started with…Nixon?) One thing they do know; they know anarchy follows fascism. They have algorithms that predict we will be coming before we know it ourselves. We have our own shock and awe awaiting us, paid for by our own tax money, should we rebel against the system thats killing the planet. But there is no ONE cause, its a pervasive mess, from monsanto to Tepco to cat poop (toxoplasmosis from pet poop runoff is killing the sea life)


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  • jduck3 jduck3

    I would say this has something to do with it, that is if you can believe it…i do.

    http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/03/16/the-mother-of-all-conspiracies-pt-7/


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  • ftlt

    What about the rotten egg odors of last week – any mention???


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  • Anthony Anthony

    Remember that in the beginning what was astonishing even to the nukers was that seawater mixed with the radionuclide brew created chlorine products. We have wide admission (and equal suspicion of more unreported) of ongoing emissions of nuclear fluids into the pacific. Who is to say the ocean isn't unbalanced now in chlorides? It might explain some of the symptoms.


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  • Ron

    I live on the central coast and I know that the sea lions are facing enemies all around. There's a fisherman spokesman who lives here, Steve Rebuck, who absolutely HATES sea lions. Seems to believe that fish (and industry profits therefrom) are meant for people only. He's been whining about sea lions for a long time now. Not accusing he or the fishing industry of hanky panky, but I hope those poor animals are checked thoroughly.

    We humans have a lot of variety in our diets, there's a lot of different things we can eat. Something running short is not a big deal to us. That's not true for sea lions. Why not stop eating fish for awhile to allow the stocks to replenish and sea lions to eat? Surely we can bend in the face of environmental catastrophe.


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    • Vigilant Observer Vigilant Observer

      I don't think it wise to be eating any seafood from the northern Pacific. I am willing to bet it's contaminated. The GOV does not care..they do have their cynical plans for depopulation working!
      Peace and take care all!♥


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  • ohwell

    I'm getting older now and really wish this like this weren't happening. I don't have kids so whatever happens, happens. We only have ourselves to blame. Now, for people who have kids and grand children… I feel sorry for them… They have so much devastation to look forward to.


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  • jump-ball

    Sea lion pups have been resisting water pollution for decades, and rather than being distracted by considerations of chemtrail, harp and all the other remote possibilities, I will suggest that Nukushima contamination has reached the u.s. left coast and.is manifesting in the effects resulting from the disturbance of the rapidly-dividing cells of the sea lion pups. A ' google scientist' human-effects reference below:

    "The embryo is relatively radio-resistant during its preimplantation phase but highly radiosensitive during its organogenesis (two to eight weeks) and neuronal stem cell proliferation phases (eight to 15 weeks)".

    http://www.imagewisely.org/Imaging-Professionals/Imaging-Physicians/Articles/Ionizing-Radiation-Effects-and-Their-Risk-to-Humans


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  • RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS

    THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS KILLING THE SEA LIONS

    This link has the full article with pictures
    http://www.shanegarton.com/Capra_7_Art_Studio/Htmls/environmental.htmls/enviro_htmls/deadliness_below.html

    Here is the full article itself withourt pictures
    http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/deadliness-belowweapons-mass-destruction-thrown-sea-years-ago-present-danger-now-and-army-

    In the summer of 2004, a clam-dredging operation off New Jersey pulled up an old artillery shell.

    Barges often were piled high with one-ton steel containers of mustard gas to be thrown into the ocean in the 1940s and 1950s. More than a dozen such as this were unloaded off the coast of South Carolina.
    U.S. Army photo

    The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black tarlike substance.

    Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base, Del., were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were injured – one hospitalized with large pus-filled blisters on an arm and hand.

    The shell was filled with mustard gas in solid form.

    What was long feared by the few military officials in the know had come to pass: Chemical weapons that the Army dumped at sea decades ago finally ended up on shore in the United States.

    It's long been known that some chemical weapons went into the ocean, but records obtained by the Daily Press show that the previously classified weapons-dumping program was far more extensive than ever suspected.

    The Army now admits that it secretly…


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