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Lack of Sardines Leaves California Sea Lions Starving

Sea Lions in rehab

Sea Lions in rehab. Photo: Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Co-authored by Ben Enticknap

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just announced a lack of Pacific sardines is a “likely contributor” to the “Unusual Mortality Event” (UME) that occurred last year where over 1,600 California sea lions were found stranded and malnourished along the Southern California coastline. The big story, however, is the one NOAA is not telling us.  

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