Underweight California Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Pups at a California Rookery Forebode the Possibility of High Strandings along U.S. West Coast this Winter and Spring

California Sea Lion with Skinny Pup
A California sea lion female with underweight pup. Photo NOAA Fisheries.

Scientists observed another year of low pup weights during their annual survey on the San Miguel Island rookery off California, where sea lions and fur seals breed and rear their young . In fact, pup weights were among the lowest recorded for the two species in more than forty years. Read more in this Alaska Fisheries Science Center news release.

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