The weather throughout the United States this year has been surprisingly different over the past several months and it is effecting nature in very diverse ways. While some worry about flooding and damage from the blizzards on the east coast, much of the west is worried about drought and the changes that the warm weather has had on the environment.
As of late, sea lions have been washing up on the beaches of California, from San Diego to San Francisco, but starving and dead, from the changes in climate. Most of them are said to be baby sea lions that are simply looking for their mothers, who had set out to find food in order to survive. Many of these sea lions have been found in the yards of beach house property and are having to be taken care of until they are mature enough to continue on in the wild.
There are so many calls, we just can’t respond to them all.
Sea lions live in the islands off the coast of California and this year, as apposed to others, they are having a particularly hard time finding fish to eat. Most scientists believe that is it due to the warm weather pushing the fish into deeper waters, making it much harder for the sea lions to catch and eat them. This has become a new challenge for California to overcome. San Diego’s SeaWorld has closed its live sea lion and otter show for these next two couple of weeks in order to offer six of their animal specialists for a rescue-and-recovery effort.
There are many questions being asked around though about how California is going to deal with this dilemma and who is going to pay for the services. Others are wondering if this is a self correcting problem that nature will fix itself, or if California will have to step in somehow and assure that the sea lions are given enough food to survive this famine.
They are just bones and skin. They’re really on the brink of death.
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