Record California sea lion strandings top 2,250 so far this year

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 5:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least 2,250 California sea lions, mostly pups, have turned up starving and stranded on beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego so far this year, more than half of them last month alone, marking it the worst such crisis yet documented for the marine mammals.

The tally, reported on Monday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is nearly 10 times higher than the number of strandings during the first three months of last year and more than twice the number recorded in 2013, the sea lions' previous worst season on record.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)