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.
Two major marine sanctuaries located off the northern California coast are to get a massive upgrade and more than double in size, the Obama administration and NOAA announced last week.
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.
It's official, climate change is upon us, with sea levels rising, harsh storms abound, and the hottest years in history. Even the US Senate is admitting that climate change is a reality that we must deal with. Now, a new consequence of warming temperatures has appeared, and it's a strange one. Sea slug populations are growing to unfathomable numbers, and researchers are investigating what that could mean.
Marine animals off the California coast are experiencing short-term slumps in growth and reproduction, and new research suggests that the phenomenon could be linked to an increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents, which work to supply nutrients to a number of crucial ecosystems in the region.