Sea Lion Malnutrition Worst ever this year

Last year there was a discussion on this blog about the high number of sea lions who were malnourished last year.   I was curious as to what would happen this year, and I found a report  on National Geographic that said:

A record number of seals and sea lions for this time of year have been admitted to California treatment facilities. The lead vet working with the animals blames a “perfect storm” of causes, including a toxic algal bloom and seasonal factors.

The nonprofit Marine Mammal Center has taken in 386 animals since January 1, more than during any previous year up to this date, says Shawn Johnson, the group’s top veterinarian. The center’s headquarters is in Sausalito, though it maintains satellite offices in Mendocino, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

The article goes on to say that there is an algae bloom and bioaccumulation of domoic acid.   There is no mention of Fukushima and bioaccumulation of radionucleotides.  


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