According to the reports, there has been an unsettling surge in sea lion mortality over the past 12 months. Marine biologists have collected thousands of sick, stranded or dead pups. Experts believe their food supply has been damaged, thanks to the higher-than-normal ocean temperatures from the super El Niño we have been experiencing.
This is why people at a fancy, oceanfront restaurant in San Diego weren’t exactly shocked to find a starving sea lion sleeping in a booth inside the restaurant.
The 8-month-old pup was dehydrated and severely underweight. Employees at the restaurant called the team from SeaWorld to evaluate the sick animal. They transported the pup to SeaWorld’s animal rescue center and experts are hopeful she will make a full recovery.
“We hope to get her rehabilitated and back out into the wild. She’s getting lots of fluids.”
In total, SeaWorld has rescued over 45 sea lions and other marine mammals this year. Let’s hope the conditions improve later in the year. As mentioned above, the super El Niño has really caused some unusual weather across the country. According to this report, the current El Niño is just the third supersized version we have experienced since 1950.