Marine mammal experts overwhelmed by sea lion strandings

A record number of sea lion pups have been stranded this year off the West Coast, with 1,800 pups seen in three months. That’s more than the total stranded in all of 2013, another outlier year. Staff at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif., are working long hours to care for the pups, many of which enter the facility in critical condition and in need of round-the-clock care. It’s not clear why the pups are stranding, but weather patterns have been to blame in the past and are the likely culprit this year, experts say. National Public Radio (3/20)

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