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 The Center in the News 2016

April 16, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin Snapshot: Shawn Johnson directs veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center

Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center, has been quite busy since starting his job in 2012. California sea lions, in particular, have been hit hard by changing ocean conditions in recent years in what has been called a “crisis.”

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April 10, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin’s Marine Mammal Center coping with relentless influx of ailing sea lions

When a California sea lion dubbed “School Daze” was rescued by the Marine Mammal Center after wandering onto Highway 37 last week, it underscored the plight of a species that is finding itself in trouble throughout the state.

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April 6, 2016

KQED News
Domoic Acid Poisoning Suspected in Sea Lion Wandering Hwy 37

Another wayward pinniped visited Highway 37 this week, causing traffic to grind to a halt by Tuesday morning. It was near the stretch where traffic snarled in December when a 900-pound elephant seal tried to cross the road.

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March 25, 2016

ABC News Online
Seal found in California resident’s front yard was supposed to be in Alaska

This seal pup is really lost. The 9-month-old northern fur seal is supposed to be in Alaskan waters right now but was recently found in Fremont, California, according to its rescuers.

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March 4, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Bill aims to give crab industry $138 million in disaster relief

California commercial crab fishermen, many struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid an unprecedented season closure caused by a toxic algae bloom, could see more than $130 million in disaster relief under a last-ditch federal proposal to bail them out of financial doom.

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February 29, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin wildlife experts urge beach visitors to stay away from harbor seals

Adorable harbor seal pups are starting to dot Marin’s beaches and wildlife officials are urging people to leave them alone.

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February 11, 2016

Alaska Public Media
Scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the Arctic

For the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two bio-toxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle.

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January 21, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Wayward and emaciated fur seal pup turns up in Hayward

A northern fur seal pup turned up at the front door of a Hayward ironworks shop Wednesday morning, the latest example of how warm ocean waters and a lack of food are wreaking havoc on a range of marine mammals.

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January 21, 2016

KNTV
Record Number of Emaciated California Seals Rescued

The sickly northern fur seal found stranded in a California business park this week is just one of the record number of mammals found and rescued at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito - likely a factor of both The Blob and El Niño.

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January 6, 2016

Al Jazeera America
In warming ocean, record number of seals and sea lions sicken and starve

They are brought in with all sorts of problems: lockjaw, poisoning, cancer and even bullet wounds from fishermen. But most of the record number of seals and sea lions washing up on California's shores and being brought to a regional rescue center are starving.

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