Researchers recently discovered harmful algae toxins in Alaskan whales, walruses, sea lions, seals, porpoises and sea otters. Their findings represent a staggering northward expansion of such toxins, although (for what it is worth) they have not yet reached concentrations harmful to human health.
Californian sea lions exposed to lethal doses of an algal toxin known as domoic acid are suffering from brain damage and memory loss.
Los Angeles police were contacted after someone witnessed a group of people harassing a pair of stranded sea lion pups near a beach parking lot early Sunday morning. The witness claimed that after throwing trash and even a cinder block at the poor animals, a woman in the group took one of the pups away.
It's no secret that climate change has been affecting our oceans, with things like warming surface temperatures and rising acidity affecting various species across the world. Now a new report has revealed that the West Coast of North America may be feeling changes so intense that it is altering the overall productivity of local waters, leading to a reduction in marine species spanning from seabirds to salmon.
The oldest known fur seal to date has been discovered, dating back 15-17 million years ago and finally ending the mystery of the "ghost lineage," a new study says.
A disturbingly high number of sea lion pups are becoming stranded along the Californian coast this year, worrying experts who can only speculate as to why these animals are not with their mothers during what is normally a safe and essential nursing period.
For decades, experts have known that the Stellar sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) has been facing major and startling declines in population. However, unlike with most major predator species, what is driving these animals' decline remains a mystery. Now data from an ongoing investigation has come in, and it reveals some startling findings.
Many mothers will tell you that raising a boy takes a lot more out of you, compared to raising a little girl. The same apparently goes for sea lions too, where male pups stay "mamma's boys" longer and exhaust a lot more of their parent's energy, compared to sea lion daughters.
A hoard of 500 dead sea lions was mysteriously found recently on a Peruvian beach, leaving scientists puzzled.
Sea lions beware, Pacific sleeper sharks may have developed a bigger appetite, new research shows.
Seals and sea lions may be behind human cases of tuberculosis, one of the most persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, according to new research.
A marine mammal rescue group said it is seeing a record number of stranded sea lions and seals along the Northern and Central California coast.