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The Center in the News 2015

December 29, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle
North Bay standoff with an elephant seal ends with tranquilizer

A 26-hour North Bay standoff with a pregnant elephant seal ended Tuesday afternoon when animal experts coaxed the 900-pound beast out of the water and tranquilized her.

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December 22, 2015

National Geographic
Recovering Fur Seal Population Threatened by El Niño

Nearly 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, a growing population of feisty, fish-loving northern fur seals is waddling around the craggy Farallon Islands.

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December 14, 2015

National Geographic
Toxic Algae Causing Brain Damage, Memory Loss in Sea Lions

A toxin produced by marine algae can impair sea lions' memory, scientists reported Monday, making it difficult for sick sea lions to find their way to food.

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November 7, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle
Toxin in crab among impacts of warm sea that alarm scientists

The poisoning of Dungeness crab off the California coast by a mysterious algae bloom may be bad news for the seafood industry, but to marine biologists and climate scientists, it is a frightening omen of future distress to a vibrant ecosystem.

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November 7, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle
Toxin in crab among impacts of warm sea that alarm scientists

The poisoning of Dungeness crab off the California coast by a mysterious algae bloom may be bad news for the seafood industry, but to marine biologists and climate scientists, it is a frightening omen of future distress to a vibrant ecosystem.

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November 4, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle
Crabbers, seafood lovers alarmed amid threat to Dungeness season

The docks at Fisherman’s Wharf were splashed by sun but cast in gloom Wednesday as word spread that a deadly natural toxin linked to this year’s record Pacific Ocean temperatures was likely to delay or even force cancellation of Dungeness crab season off the coast of San Francisco.

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October 3, 2015

Time Magazine
Fur Seal Pups Mysteriously Washing Up on California Shores

A Guadalupe fur seal pup, wasted away to nearly fur and bones, washed up on the shore’s of California’s Humboldt County in April.

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September 29, 2015

Associated Press
Large numbers of Guadalupe fur seals dying off California

Scientists are looking at ocean-warming trends to figure out why endangered Guadalupe fur seals are stranding themselves and dying in alarming numbers along the central California coast.

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August 26, 2015

San Jose Mercury News
Alameda: Dead whale surfaces in estuary

A dead whale surfaced Wednesday on the Alameda side of the Oakland Estuary, officials said, lodged under a pier where marine mammal researchers had a difficult time getting a look at it.

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August 4, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle
Ship strike eyed in death of latest whale found in Pacifica

A ship strike is being eyed in the death of the latest whale to wash up on a Pacifica beach, marine officials said.

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June 30, 2015

National Geographic
Number of Starving Sea Lions in California “Unprecedented”

More than 3,000 starving sea lion pups have washed up on California’s beaches since January—easily 15 times more than in a normal year.

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May 1, 2015

Huffington Post Green
Rubbish The Sea Lion Rescued After Wandering The Streets Of San Francisco

A lost sea lion pup nicknamed Rubbish wandered into San Francisco on Thursday. He crossed a busy road in the city's Marina District, then attempted to elude rescuers by hiding under a car.

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April 5, 2015

San Luis Obispo Tribune
Influx of sick sea lions swamps Morro Bay rescue center

A lethargic California sea lion pup rests in a cage at the Marine Mammal Center rescue facility in Morro Bay. Named Domino by the volunteers at the facility, the male sea lion was brought in Thursday morning in a state of severe dehydration and emaciation.

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March 17, 2015

Los Angeles Times
Number of abandoned, starving sea lion pups climbs

California sea lion crisis has deepened as the number of abandoned, sickly pups continues to increase and the Pacific Ocean becomes warmer.

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March 13, 2015

New York Times
Starving Sea Lions washing ashore by the hundreds in California

By the time Wendy Leeds reached him, the sea lion pup had little hope of surviving.

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February 21, 2015

Marin IJ
Marin’s Marine Mammal Center comes to aid of sea lion pups as strandings surge

The Marine Mammal Center high above Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands is much busier than it usually is this time of year because of an unprecedented influx of emaciated sea lions pups that are stranding up and down the California coast.

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February 19, 2015

CBS
Rising Ocean Temperatures The Likely Cause For More Than 100 Sea Lions Pups Needing Care At Marine Mammal Center In Sausalito

The Marine Mammal Center is facing a crisis, with a huge influx of sick sea lion pups coming in to the facility in the last few weeks.

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February 18, 2015

Time
Why Hundreds of Starving Sea Lion Pups Are Washing Up in California

It's getting so bad that many rescue networks are at capacity. There are now so many young sea lions being stranded on the West Coast that federal officials say they can’t keep up.

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February 12, 2015

Toronto Globe and Mail
Sea lion pup recovering after rescue from busy San Francisco highway

Wildlife officials in California were nursing an emaciated sea lion pup back to health on Thursday, a day after it was found beside a busy highway in San Francisco more than 300 metres from the ocean.

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February 12, 2015

Los Angeles Times
Emaciated sea lion rescued in San Francisco; record numbers wash up in California

A young, emaciated sea lion was rescued in San Francisco after crossing a road in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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February 11, 2015

National Geographic
Mysterious Sea Lion Die-Off Strikes Again on California Coast

Starving young sea lions are washing up on beaches for the third year in a row.

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February 11, 2015

SFGate
Young sea lion found on Skyline Boulevard in S.F.

An emaciated sea lion yearling was rescued Wednesday on the side of Skyline Boulevard in San Francisco, more than 1,000 feet from the ocean, authorities said.

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February 11, 2015

ABC7 News
Young Sea Lion Rescued From Beneath Car Near Lake Merced

A young sea lion is recuperating Wednesday afternoon from his rather long and mysterious trek earlier in the day.

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February 11, 2015

NBC Bay Area
Sea Lion Pup Rescued From Roadway Near Fort Funston

A silky brown California sea lion pup was rescued Wednesday morning after being found on the side of the road near Fort Funston in San Francisco.

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February 11, 2015

KTVU Fox 2
Sea lion pup rescued from roadway near Fort Funston

The prognosis is good for a year old sea lion pup that survived near starvation and a desperate search for food that brought the animal nearly a quarter mile into San Francisco.

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February 6, 2015

San Jose Mercury News
Emaciated sea lions found in increasing numbers on California coastline

More than 100 sea lion pups have turned up emaciated on a 600-mile stretch of California beaches this birthing season and marine mammal researchers don't know why.

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January 6, 2015

Marin Independent Journal
Marine Mammal Center sees busy 2014, heads into its 40th year

The Marine Mammal Center just finished a busy 2014 and now readies itself to head into its 40th year of helping to save marine life up and down the coast.

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