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Wave of Sea Lion Strandings Linked to Warmer Pacific Waters

The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and most likely has affected fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said Wednesday. Marine mammal centers in California have treated some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, so far this year, said Justin Viezbicke, West Coast stranding coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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