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SFGATE: Hundreds of Sea Lions Sickened Along California Coastline

October 5, 2022
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Hundreds of sea lions sickened along California coastline

Published in SFGate on October 5, 2022

The signs were unmistakable as sick sea lions turned up one by one on the California coastline. 

Some appeared to be unusually sluggish, weak and disoriented. Others displayed what is known as head-weaving behavior, with their snouts upturned as their necks tilted precariously to one side in a seemingly drunken sway. Many of the animals were foaming at the mouth; some were even convulsing from seizures. 

Last month, the Marine Mammal Center’s 24-hour rescue hotline was flooded with hundreds of calls reporting sightings of the animals in distress, at one point receiving 144 calls in a single day ...

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