Tags » Pinnipeds

10,000 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up In California, Officials Announce “Crisis” (USA)

March 25th, 2015 (Sean Adl-Tabatabai). 10,000 baby sea lions have washed up dead on a California island, with experts calling the unexplained deaths a “crisis” and “ are washing ashore at a rate so alarming, rescuers said Thursday, this year is the worst yet”. 521 more words

Endangered Biodiversity

Two California marine sanctuaries will double in size (USA)

March 17th, 2015 (Ali Berman). The Obama administration has given final approval for the massive expansion of two marine sanctuaries, more than doubling the size of protected waters off the coast of California, and ensuring that the areas will not be harmed by oil and gas drilling, mining, or discharges from ships passing through the sanctuaries. 472 more words

Endangered Biodiversity

Just a year after her release, rehabilitated Hawaiian monk seal Honey Girl gives birth to a healthy pup. (again !) (and again !) (USA)

March 5th, 2015. Honey Girl is a mommy again! On February 25, she gave birth a pup on the North Shore of Oahu. It was the first known Hawaiian monk seal pup to be born in 2015 in the main Hawaiian islands. 79 more words

Endangered Biodiversity

Seal or Sea Lion

by Dave Hanks

The seal acts in circus performances are not done by true seals at all. They are done by sea lions. Sea lions have an extra joint in their forelimbs which allows them to sit up and walk on all fours. 272 more words


King of sea lions spotted in Southern California waters (USA)

February 28th, 2015 (Jed Kim). Steller sea lions, the largest of the sea lions, are the latest to visit Southern California waters in a year-long cavalcade of rarely seen marine mammals. 446 more words

Endangered Biodiversity

Fighting Over Herring—the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes (BC, Canada)

February 11th, 2015 (Craigh Welch). The Pacific herring—an oily, silvery, schooling fish—is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups. 232 more words

Endangered Biodiversity

Starving sea lion pup strandings surge in California (USA)

Friday, February 6th, 2015 (Kurtis Alexander). A frightening number of sick and starving sea lion pups are turning up on California beaches this year, leaving scientists struggling to explain a third deadly winter for the pinnipeds. 669 more words

Endangered Biodiversity