TV: Record numbers of sickened sea lion pups in So. California — “Something has changed” — “We are prepping in the back of our heads for the worst case scenario” (VIDEOS)

Published: February 12th, 2013 at 10:49 pm ET


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SoCal Wild, Feb. 8, 2013:

They have loose, rolling skin and their ribs show through their tiny brown bodies. There is a glaze in their large round eyes. When they flop or lay down on the cement dry areas, it’s not the normal lounging that healthy California sea lions typically do for hours on end.  Even their whiskers seem droopy. These pups are sick.

[…] As of Feb. 11, 2013 the [Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro] has received more than 100 pups. […]

David Bard, director of operations [ says …] “We really aren’t sure why we are seeing so many now. Usually January is a relatively quiet time for us. This has taken us all by surprise.”

[…] “We are prepping in the back of our heads for the ‘worst case scenario’ if this condition still persists,” he says. “We’re taking it day by day.” […]

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 12, 2013:

[…] Sarah Wilkin, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s marine mammal stranding coordinator […] says the timing of the strandings is unusual: Sea-lion pups typically get stranded in such numbers in the fall, when they first separate from their mothers and venture out into the ocean to catch food on their own. Sea lions are usually born from May to August, she says.

“Something has changed-but piecing together something like this usually happens after the fact,” Ms. Wilkin said. […]

Daily News, Feb. 11, 2013:

[…] The center in January saw a record 43 sea lions come through its doors – a trend that hasn’t let up in the first part of February, said David Bard, operations director of the center at Fort MacArthur. But the influx reached a peak on Saturday, with 12 sea lions arriving at the already crowded center. There are now about 85 animals being cared for, Bard said. […]

“To see nearly 50 arrive in January is very rare for us,” Bard said. “They’re coming in starving and in record numbers. Nutrition is their biggest challenge.” […]

CBS Los Angeles, Feb. 11, 2013:

A local sanctuary for marine mammals has been inundated with an unusually high number of malnourished sea lion pups this winter.

The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro says a record 43 sea lion pups were brought in during January, up from an average of 12 for this time of year. February is on track for another record month, according to David Bard, operations director of the Marine Mammal Care Center.

“It started in January. We had a record January this year, with 43 animals,” Bard said. “And, just in the beginning of February, we’ve doubled that.” […]

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Published: February 12th, 2013 at 10:49 pm ET


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44 comments to TV: Record numbers of sickened sea lion pups in So. California — “Something has changed” — “We are prepping in the back of our heads for the worst case scenario” (VIDEOS)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Next will be the surfers:

    1. Surfers go to the beach & go in the ocean more than other beach goers
    2. Surfers recreate year round
    3. Every visit to the beach to surf results in full immersion in the ocean
    4. Surfers probably spend more time in the water on each visit
    5. As a result of the above, surfers ingest 10 times more water than swimmers or divers

    The combination of more days of exposure, during some of the most polluted times, and more complete immersion and ingestion increases the total exposure of surfers to pathogens and therefore the odds of getting sick. So the next time your nose starts to drip, think about the quality of the ocean water that just sat in your head for the last several hours . . .

    West Coast surfers are the human canaries in this coal mine. It'll be easy to hide the sick animals, surfers not so much.

    Now about bringing the kids down to pick up Fuku debris . . .

    • Surfers arent eating the food chain. just saying, although I went Kayaking in south pacific last week. DID NOT take the geiger.


        exactly stock. I'm thinking, as a result of TEPGOV's decision to dump hundreds-of-millions-of-gallons of radioactive water into the adjacent ocean, the food supply for these animals has either been seriously contaminated or radically diminished. It's also possible that bio-accumulation of low-level rad-toxins has exacerbated the arduous conditions that these animals must endure; i.e., they're coming down with what they'll tell us is a 'flu'. Regardless what comes of the toxicological research into this 'wasting' disease, it's obvious much more's being hidden from us…

        • Anthony Anthony

          I agree with you and think we have to consider also that it's likely that other mammals are affected by radiation as we are. If so, then these baby seals are more vulnerable to radiation like human kids are. Being young, they have also been on their mother's milk, which in my opinion is likely a concentrated source of the radiation. We should see similar illness in other sea mammals. Then again, this may also be something completely different… I'm sure there are many possibilities.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Surfers arent eating the food chain."

        They are if they eat sea food, stock. The sea lion diet is essentially sashimi.

    • hbjon hbjon

      "West Coast surfers are the human canaries in this coal mine." Most surfers ingest little or no water. In a bad "wipeout", some water may wash down the nasal passages, but very little is usually consumed. Eyes are usually shut under water, unless you're in the habit of having them open. A habit that should be kicked. A wetsuit is usually worn on the west coast because of cold water and red tide. The human canaries have been the fishermen and the sailors who work in international waters closer to Japan, imho.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        'Surfers Ingest 10 Times More Water Than Swimmers, Divers'

        "A new study has found that surfers may unintentionally ingest 10 times more water than swimmers or divers, putting them at higher risk of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses when surfing in contaminated waters."

        And as far as wetsuits go:

        "A team of three scientific divers who worked in the area near the BP oil spill site last summer while wearing full wetsuits report that they began to develop unusual symptoms and by October quit diving. However, they have continued to suffer from health problems that include bloody stools, bleeding from the nose and eyes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, dizziness and confusion. They have had their blood tested and discovered elevated levels of ethylbenzene and xylene."

        A wetsuit doesn't protect against contaminated water. Otherwise all those Gulf divers wouldn't be committing suicide because there is no treatment for their sicknesses from diving in the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon Spill.

      • cgrl

        Usually in larger surf, or yes, when "eating it", surfers get tons of water up nasal passages. We are sometimes draining water from our nose for the rest of the day. And on occasion accidentally take a gulp or two. Wet suits act more as an insillation layer – some water moves in and out of the west suit – and the neoprene saturates. It happens less in the more thick suits with hoodies that prevent water from entering thru the neck. Even worse is the atomized sea water, created in the waves, which used to be a healthy thing to inhale….

  • vital1 vital1

    As radiation contamination weakens the immune systems of animals and
    humans, we could see viruses that would normally be under check become more infectious, or mutation of a viruses strain into more infectious strains.

    There are a lot of animals presently dying in large numbers from strange
    infections worldwide. Seals, turtles and birds are just a few I have heard

    Virus infections may be killing them because their immune systems
    have been weakened from the radiation contamination in the first place.

    We could equally see pandemics in the human population, or epidemics like the pneumonia epidemic in Japan in 2011 as a results of these dynamics.

    In the long term more human and animal life may die from the indirect effects of the radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems, or from virus mutations.


    Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
    quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it,
    or email it.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      In addition, secret nanotechnology is going to make radioactive contamination even worse:

      Bill Gates funds covert vaccine nanotechnology
      “Now, the foundation has funded a new "sweat-triggered vaccine delivery" program based on nanoparticles penetrating human skin. The technology is describes as a way to ‘…develop nanoparticles that penetrate the skin through hair follicles and burst upon contact with human sweat to release vaccines.’…
      “…breakthroughs like mass sterilization and nanoparticle vaccines that could be covertly administered even without your knowledge, it turns out. These nanoparticles could be used in a spray mist that's sprayed on to every person who walks through an airport security checkpoint, for example. Or it could be unleashed through the ventilation systems of corporate office buildings or public schools to vaccinate the masses. You wouldn't even know you were being vaccinated….”

      Learn more:


      spot-on analysis vital1…

    • +1

      The number of transport vectors and various insidious ways that this is going to affect ALL LIVING things is beyond comprehension!

      I wonder how long it will take until 'the obvious' becomes clear to those left living/surviving? What will they do?

      I'll bet they own a Geiger counters.

  • CB CB

    "Record breaking" where have I seen this before? Seems almost normalized. The bioaccumulating radioactive poisoning is going to forever increase. This is the immediate future of health for west coasters. I know vital1 is dead on.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "This is the immediate future of health for west coasters."

      Actually, while the ocean off the West Coast is thoroughly saturated with radiation, in terms of atmospheric contamination, the interior of the US is worse off, as the jetstream brings the radiation in through Washington/British Columbia, along the Canadian/US border, and then spreads wide after the Rockies are breached.

      Coupled with the releases from the NE NPP's, the New England states will probably see the worst of it initially, as it then moves down the East Coast and Mid-West.

      Just follow the jetstream.

      • CB CB

        Time is Short, right! I often think of the localisation of the headlines just to the Fukushima prefecture is crap. Knowing it is ground zero, but the boarders of the contamination are non existent. Tokyo being the most significant but least discussed subject to the rodents of slaughter first. (Injured Party) A global threat, an extinction level event, whether tonight or tomorrow, it's reality. The contamination will be global. Pronominal.

  • markww markww

    CAN YOU SAY—– > Do a blood test check for poisons and then FUKUSHIMA radiation by doing a spectrum analysis and Geiger counter testing. These animals have eaten fish we know fish that are contaminated are in the Pacific NOW the Humans next from Radiation all along the west cost from eating fish and crops that are radiated already


    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Pacific Ocean fish and seafood are by now hopelessly contaminated from Fuku radiation. What we are seeing, Markww, is the beginning of the collapse of the Pacific Ecosystem. If we are smart, we will stop eating those fish sandwiches Wendy's advertises as Alaskan whitefish. We are already beginning to see the collapse of the Pacific Seafood Fishery, and the collapse of the Pacific Rim economy. (Although the Extinction Protocol reports today that two magma pools have merged under the Pacific Ocean, and may cause a monster volcano ELE.)


        funny you should mention Wendy's fish sandwich, PhilipUpNorth. A friend texted me Saturday night, to announce that they were back on the menu! She knows I'm a freak for this particular Wendy's item. So, while idling at the drive-thru on Monday, I looked-up and spotted the tempting offer on the outdoor menu sign. Thought about it and decided…nahhh…before driving away. I do-so miss 'em…

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Me, too, Aftershock. But I really loved to go to Red Lobster on occasion, for their Seafood Feast. Loved Snow Crab. But crabs are bottom feeders, feasting on the remains of sick fish, concentrating cesium in their claws. No more! But I'll sure miss them!

    • Anthony Anthony

      Exactly. It should be an automatic reflex by now.

  • markww markww


    First around FUKUSHIMA and out about 50 miles build one huge Pacific wall like dam able to with stand a 10 earthquake. Then install a huge filtration system, filter through the HUGE PLANT contaminated and radiated water do the same principle like this a AQUA FILTER look it up aqua filter

    Same principle but add boron filters too and a burner systems to make clean water,and re cycle the salt solution through separate filters.

    Aqua filters are heavy and huge I have three one thousand gallon leaning units packed and ready


    • markww markww

      thousand gallon CLEANING units packed

    • Sickputer

      Re: Dam around Daiichi

      SP: A worthy idea… Maybe not so far offshore though… Average ocean depths 20 to 43 miles offshore are 2,214 feet to 4,609 feet:

      SP: I think humans are pretty well incapable of capping Pandora's Box in Japan. That's not a documentary movie Promise, but a fact.

      Mankind has predator instincts and those emotions supercede logic. We will go the way of the sabertoothed cat (which I believe humans wiped out this competitor 10,000 years ago).

      Today we have only ourselves to blame for our impending extinction.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Unfortunately I tend to agree. I also see it always through both my micro and my macro filters….YES it would be great to actually come up with and implement something meaningfully helpful, but I fear, as we make the one successful application, which of the other struggling 14 reactors in Japan will go next? Even if we can reduce pollution out of Daiichi it is only a matter of time before another spews. Honestly, I think there is MUCH MORE happening in the other reactors then we have been led to believe. It is impossible that NOTHING is happening in the other rogue reactors. There is a reason that where I live in BC that they are bidding on body removers on Vancouver Island. At first I thought it was because there is an event coming that they know about and are obviously preparing for. There has been too many reports of the common pool and SPF4 being also now gone for me to believe it hasn't already happened. Those were our Aces and as long as they were intact we might actually survive this thing. It would make sense in BC that the Island would get a slathering of radiation if those pools are now involved.

        I think the only thing we can do is live our own good lives. Even if Mark delivered a solution on a silver platter, you cant make people want to fix it when they don't care to. We are kind of collectively doomed.

  • Sol Man

    Many things to be seen with the Great Unwinding, that nobody thought of seeing. But, then corporations don't have eyes for seeing, or a heart for feeling.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “Something has changed-but piecing together something like this usually happens after the fact,” Ms. Wilkin said. […]

    Yes..piecing together after the fact.
    In looking for causes… be far reaching.
    The concept that these animals are suffering from radiation exposure…is not that far-fetched.

    See map:
    March 28 2011

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Haven't had a bite of fish since 3/11, among other things, thanks to nuclear.

  • W8R W8R

    You may not eat fish, but something you eat does…
    Welcome to the food chain..
    The "monster" is climbing the chain, and will get to us soon enough..
    There is no escape on earth..
    Chernobyl was small compared to Fukushima..
    But throw in Simi Valley, EBR-1, SL-1, And of course, my "home town" friend, Hanford, and the result is inescapable…..

    Mankind will never be the same, if we even survive….

  • W8R W8R

    PS, I still eat seafood..
    I`d stop, but I cant stop breathing, or drinking water..
    Fish is a small threat compared to rain…
    So says Geiger….

    I cant express how sorry I am for my children..

    I worked in the "industry" for a bit, till my access to "the records" scared my into being an "anti-nuke preacher"…

    If the public only knew…
    EX… We had a full on meltdown on US soil…
    Did you hear about it? NO..
    Because they dont care about us, just our money…
    The same public is convinced we depend on OPEC..
    11%-17%… Canada supplies more oil to the US..
    So does Argentina…
    Next time you see "war for oil" you can laugh…
    Or cry…

  • W8R W8R

    OK, to clarify, a US nuke plant refused to shut down even when control was fully implemented. The reaction continued, even with the control rods fully extended.. So they filled it with boron carbide concrete, and decommissioned it as "the end of its service life".. In about (est) 400 years, we will have to deal with it.. There are several "some day disasters" waiting for us, even if we survive Fuku etc….

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    'Sickened Alaska seals concentrated where Fukushima radioactive plume made landfall after 3/11 (MAPS)'

    Courtesy reminder by jec.

  • Sol Man

    It is the radiation directly or the effects of the radiation on the bacteria and viruses that lead to these conditions. The radiation is an equal opportunity re-arranger of the genetic material; all species. Think humans can not respond to these very fast changes.

    • ML

      Think of radiation exposure effects as one of the many immune disruptors in biological systems. But it is also disrupts endocrine and DNA repair. That is just for starters.

  • Ron

    I live on the central Cal coast. The vehemence of fishermen to seals because they have the audacity to eat fish these people think belong 100% to them is disgusting. One local guy, Steve R, hates seals with a passion.

    I have no doubt listening to these guys that if they could figure out a way to off every sea lion in existence they would. Souless, heartless people as far as I'm concerned.